Monday, 2 March 2009

Grybauskaitė for President


Last week in Lithuania, the main headlines were occupied by sole person. Dalia Grybauskaite, Lithuanian, European Union Commissioner has finally announced that she is going to stand in the election for the Presidency of Lithuania, ending months of speculations whether or not she will compete for the top job. This decision marks a beginning of the campaigning, unofficial as it is, it will slowly start gathering speed.
Ms. Grybauskaite is ahead in all published opinion polls by a substantial margin from any possible contender. Political commentators even speculate whether the 2nd round of elections will be necessary. Whether on the 17 May 2009, Ms. Grybauskaite will gather the necessary votes it is not yet clear, it is however fair to say that she will compete in the second round if such would be needed.
Ms. Grybauskaite is running on a non-partisan ticket. She has been involved with both Conservative and Social democrat led governments, but never has she joined a political party. Educated economist, highly experienced in the field of finances and now with the experience of EU Commission she has a very solid profile that could offer Lithuania a safe pair of hands that the country needs in the period of financial turmoil and political instability.