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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lithuanian Premier

VILNIUS, Lithuania () -- Right-wing candidate Gediminas Vagnorius was voted prime minster of the Baltic state of Lithuania on Thursday.


Right-wing parties, spearheaded by independence leader Vytautas Landsbergis, unseated former Communists in recent elections and now dominate the 141-seat parliament.


It was a stunning comeback for Landsbergis, who helped lead Lithuania to independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991 but was rejected for former Communists the following year.


Landsbergis' Homeland Union won 70 seats in parliament and is to form a coalition government with the Christian Democrats.


Vagnorius, one of the Homeland Union leaders, won the backing of 95 MPs. Twenty abstained and five from the former ruling Lithuanian Democratic Labor Party voted against him.