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Social Democrats win Lithuania vote

VILNIUS, Lithuania — A center-left opposition party that campaigned on promises to end budget cuts and increase social spending has won Lithuania’s parliamentary election, according to a near-complete vote count late Sunday, marking a defeat of four years of unpopular austerity measures.

The Social Democrats, which governed from 2001 to 2008, vowed to form a coalition government that would end current austerity policies. They also promised to spend more to boost living standards in the small East European nation, which in 2009 and 2010 saw one of Europe’s worst recessions.

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