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Dalia Grybauskaite cinched nearly 70% of the vote for the presidential elections in Lithuania. Grybauskaite has been the European Commissioner responsible for Financial Programming and Budget since 2004. An unprecedented 51% of registered voters turned out for this election, making it possible for Grybauskaite to secure the presidency in the first round of elections in a system where two rounds is usually required.

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Despite her great achievements and mass popularity with the Lithuanian people, the Lithuanian media is apparently in the habit of focusing on her marital status and questions about her sexuality . . . imagine that. I suppose that continues to be the price of being a high-profile strong woman. And she is not just a strong woman, she is a strong woman with a black-belt in karate currently celebrating an epic, land-slide presidential victory. Rock on Dalia! --Emma Onstott

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