The head of Lithuania’s opposition Social Democrats, who expect to win today’s election, stepped back from previous disapproval of a swift adoption of the euro and building a nuclear power plant.
“My desire, as a former finance minister, is to introduce the euro as fast as possible since Lithuania doesn’t have any other path,” Algirdas Butkevicius said while waiting to vote today in Vilnius. “It’s a shame we didn’t manage in 2007.”
Butkevicius, 53, said he expected the Social Democrats, who led in the polls before today’s ballot, to win the most seats in parliament and take charge of forming a new ruling coalition, with him as the most likely prime minister. President Dalia Grybauskaite, who must name a new premier after elections, on Oct. 11 said the next Cabinet must preserve fiscal stability and prioritize energy-security projects.
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