Incumbent President Nauseda wins Lithuania's presidential election


Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda presented the sceptre to the new Chief of Defense Valdemaras Rupsys in Vilnius on July 25, 2019. [Xinhua]

Incumbent President Gitanas Nauseda has won Lithuania's presidential election, beating his rival Ingrida Simonyte in the run-off on Sunday, data from the country's Central Electoral Commission (VRK) show.

The latest data announced by VRK show that in the total of 1,895 stations, Nauseda gathered 74.43 percent of voters' support, while Simonyte ranked second with 24.06 percent.

Nauseda has declared his victory as he secured his second five-year term.

"They (Lithuanian people) have given me a great mandate of trust and I am well aware that I will have to cherish this credit of trust," he told Baltic News Service (BNS) in Vilnius.

Simonyte, the incumbent Prime Minister, has conceded her defeat and congratulated Nauseda on his victory, BNS reported.

Sunday's run-off poll was held after neither candidate secured more than half of the votes in the first round on May 12.