On Sunday, on the 17th of May the presidential election in Lithuania have been over, in which the former Minister of Finance of the Lithuanian republic, Dalia Grybauskaite, has come off with flying colors. She has been standing as an independent candidate and has gained almost 70 per cent votes of electors, thus, having won already in the first round.
About 52 per cent voters (2,7 million people) have come in the presidential election that has allowed considering their taken place. The back burner was taken by the representative of the Social-Democratic Party Algirdas Butkyavichyus who has gained 11,9 per cent voices.
Grybauskaite will be the first female on a post of the president of Lithuania. She can enter upon the post already in July.
According to many political analysts, after Grybauskaite coming to power, the foreign policy of Lithuania may be changed. The primary consideration will be transferred from the countries of the Eastern Europe (the Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia), to the countries of the European Union. The special attention will be paid to a greater integration of Lithuania into the European Union. It is probable, that Lithuania can adopt a policy of “Coexistence” with Russia which nowadays prevails in the Western Europe.
As for the internal policy, the new president will have to relieve Lithuania from the difficult financial crisis, and also to recover the population’s confidence to the authorities. In her pre-election campaign Grybauskaite has often criticized the present authority, so the personnel rearrangements in the government and new reforms are quite possible.