World IN BRIEF : LITHUANIA : Low Turnout Dooms Economic Proposal
A referendum on compensating citizens for suffering caused by the switch to a market economy failed because the voter turnout was too low. International economists had said approval of the referendum, which was opposed by the reformed Communist government and backed by the opposition, would be catastrophic for the Baltic nation. The Central Elections Center reported that only 35% of voters had cast ballots just before polls closed. More than half of registered voters needed to take part for the referendum to be valid.