Lithuanian parliamentary election, 2008

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Lithuanian parliamentary election, 2008
Lithuania
2004 ←
12 October and 26 October 2008
→ 2012

All 141 seats to the Seimas
71 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Andrius Kubilius.jpg Gediminas Kirkilas.jpg
Leader Andrius Kubilius Gediminas Kirkilas
Party Homeland Union Social Democrats
Last election 25 seats 20 seats
Seats won 45 25
Seat change +20 +5
Popular vote 242,939 (proportional) 144,675 (proportional)
Percentage 19.69% (proportional) 11.73% (proportional)

  Third party Fourth party
  Arunas Valinskas.jpg Rolandas Paksas- horizontali foto.jpg
Leader Arūnas Valinskas Rolandas Paksas
Party TPP Order and Justice
Last election new party 15 seats
Seats won 16 15
Seat change +16 +5
Popular vote 186,150 (proportional) 156,559 (proportional)
Percentage 15.09% (proportional) 12.69% (proportional)

Prime Minister before election

Gediminas Kirkilas
Social Democrats

Prime Minister-designate

Andrius Kubilius
Homeland Union

Coat of arms of Lithuania
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A parliamentary election was held in Lithuania in two stages on 12 and 26 October 2008.[1] A failed referendum on extending the operation of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant was held at the same time, despite the fact that Lithuania is obliged to close down Ignalina per its treaty of accession to the European Union.[2][3]

70 MPs were elected on proportional party lists and 71 MPs in single member constituencies; in those constituencies where no candidate gained more than 50% of the vote on 12 October, a run-off was held on 26 October 2008.[1]

The election was won by a centre-right coalition, led by Andrius Kubilius, who becomes prime minister for a second time, of Homeland Union, National Resurrection Party, Liberal and Centre Union, and Liberal Movement which gained a combined majority of 80 out of 141 seats thereby unseating the previous governing coalition of Social Democratic Party of Lithuania, Labour Party, and New Union (Social Liberals), led by Gediminas Kirkilas, which all lost seats apart from the social democratic party.

Results[edit]

Summary of the 12 October and 26 October 2008 Lithuanian Seimas election results[4]

Party Votes
(proportional)
% Seats
proportional constituency total
Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats 243,823 19.72 18 27 45
National Resurrection Party 186,629 15.09 13 3 16
Order and Justice 156,777 12.68 11 4 15
Social Democratic Party of Lithuania 144,890 11.72 10 15 25
Coalition Labour Party + Youth 111,149 8.99 8 2 10
Liberal Movement 70,862 5.73 5 6 11
Liberal and Centre Union 66,078 5.34 5 3 8
Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania 59,237 4.79 3 3
Lithuanian Peasant Popular Union 46,162 3.73 3 3
New Union (Social Liberals) 45,061 3.64 1 1
Front 40,016 3.24
Young Lithuania (Jaunoji Lietuva) 21,589 1.75
Civic Democratic Party 13,775 1.11
Union of the Russians of Lithuania 11,357 0.92
Lithuanian Social Democratic Union (Lietuvos socialdemokratų sąjunga) 10,642 0.86
Lithuanian Centre Party (Lietuvos centro partija) 8,669 0.70
Independents 4 4
Invalid/blank votes 73,239
Total 1,233,875 100.00 70 71 141
Registered voters/turnout 2,696,090 48.59

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