Lithuanian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Saulius Skvernelis, his son Tadas, daughter Egle and wife Silvija Skvernele arrive at a polling station during the first round of voting in presidential elections in Vilnius, Lithuania, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
Lithuanian presidential candidates, Member of the Parliament Ingrida Simonyte, center, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, left, and business-minded economist Gitanas Nauseda, right, pose for the media prior to the start of the televised live debate in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Lithuanians will head to the polls on Sunday, May 12, in a first round of presidential elections. (AP Photo / Mindaugas Kulbis)
VILNIUS, Lithuania – The latest on the presidential election in Lithuania (all times local):
Voting results from Lithuania’s presidential election indicate a prominent economist and a former finance minister will advance to a runoff ballot later this month to pick a successor to incumbent Dalia Grybauskaite
With 1,631 of the country’s 1,972 voting districts counted by early Monday, results provided by Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission show banker-turned-politician Gitanas Nauseda leading the nine-candidate field with 31.2% of the votes cast Sunday.
Lawmaker and former finance minister Ingrida Simonyte is second with 27.2%.
A candidate needed to win more than 50% of the votes to avoid a runoff.
Grybauskaite has served two maximum five-year terms as Lithuania’s head of state since 2009.
Voters are going to the polls in Lithuania to elect a president to succeed Dalia Grybauskaite, who has completed her maximum two terms in office.