Novices vie for presidency

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Lithuania voted yesterday in what is expected to be a tight presidential election runoff pitting a youthful lawyer against an emigre Lithuanian- American. The two political novices, former prosecutor-general Arturas Paulauskas and former US environment protection officer Valdas Adamkus, won through from the first round on 21 December.

A popular desire for fresh blood in the president's chair had pushed independence hero Vytautas Landsbergis, 65, into a humiliating third place. - Reuters, Vilnius