Lithuania’s new president vows to fight power structures

Gitanas Nauseda

Economist Gitanas Nauseda speaks at a press conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, May 27, 2019, following his landslide victory in Lithuania’s presidential election. Nauseda won the presidential election after his opponent conceded defeat Sunday. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

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VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The winner of Lithuania’s presidential elections says fighting elitist power structures will be among his top priorities.

Gitanas Nauseda says that “oligarchy is very dangerous not only because it takes over control of mass media and starts controlling people’s minds but also interferes in politics brutally. That is not acceptable.”

The 55-year-old former bank analyst grabbed 66% of votes while his rival got 33% in Sunday’s runoff.

Nauseda spoke Monday as he met outgoing President Dalia Grybauskaite. He will be sworn in July 12.

In recent years, Lithuania has seen several corruption scandals among high-ranking officials and Grybauskaite has been fighting them staunchly.

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