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News Analysis: President Grybauskaite affirms her "hope" to work 2nd term in Lithuania

English.news.cn   2014-06-11 04:54:57

VILNIUS, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite has denied speculations by British media that she might be seeking to head the new European Commission on Tuesday.

"I have not made any claims for anything, I was running for and I participated in Lithuania's presidential elections", Grybauskaite told reporters in Vilnius on Tuesday.

"The outcome of the elections is such like that I consider it to be binding, in terms of my staying here", she added.

Discussions about Grybauskaite's possible run for the high office in Brussels emerged this week, after British newspaper "The Independent" announced on Sunday that two female European leaders, Grybauskaite and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Prime Minister of Denmark, were emerging as possible candidates to overtake the highest Commission post. Foreign media referred to Grybauskaite as possible new head of the EC earlier this year as well.

The president did not reveal whether the office in Brussels was directly proposed to her or these were just speculations by the foreign media.

"I regard the assessment of Lithuanian people as a very direct obligation. I hope to take an oath for the second term", Grybauskaite said.

She was re-elected for the second five years term following a second round of voting in the presidential elections on May 25, with 57.87 percent of the votes. Inauguration of the president is planned on July 12.

Analysts believe Grybauskaite's victory in the Baltic country's presidential elections has given her stronger mandate than alleged position in the EC.

"She would delete herself politically from the landscape of Lithuania. It would be a betrayal of voters (in case of seeking the office in Brussels)", Lauras Bielinis, professor of Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, said to local radio station "Extra FM".

Tomas Janeliunas, a political scientist, professor of Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science, assumed that possibility to run the high office in the EC would be Lithuania's historical chance, despite voters' disappointment. However, such a possibility is not much likely, Janeliunas told to local media.

European leaders have been at odds recently, trying to find a compromise over the appointment of the next Commission president, after the European elections last month did not bring the majority needed to secure definitive backing for its candidate.

Editor: yan
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