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Lithuanian Court Agrees to Review Validity of Parliamentary Vote

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Lithuania’s Constitutional Court agreed to rule on whether electoral fraud significantly effected the outcome of parliamentary elections and whether the ballots themselves were valid.

A ruling will be issued within three days after requests by President Dalia Grybauskaite and the outgoing Parliament, the court, based in Vilnius, the capital, said today on its website. Grybauskaite is seeking to clarify whether Oct. 14 and Oct. 28 elections for 77 of the legislature’s 141 seats were “democratic and free.”

The president, who must approve a new prime minister and Cabinet, wants to exclude from the next government the Labor Party, which is accused of bribing voters. The party signed a coalition agreement with the Social Democrats and the Order & Justice party yesterday.

“People shouldn’t be left with even the smallest doubt as to whether these parliamentary elections were democratic and free,” Grybauskaite said in an e-mailed statement. “Only the Constitutional Court can clarify what effect the electoral violations had on the final outcome.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Bryan Bradley in Vilnius at bbradley13@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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