United States President Barack Obama, a Democrat, will be constrained in his internal policies after the Republican Party took control of the Senate, a Lithuanian political expert says, adding that he will nonetheless continue deciding on key foreign policy issues.
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"Obama will be rather constrained in terms of domestic policy. The president has exceptional foreign policy powers, however, therefore no major changes will be here despite changes in the Congress," Kęstutis Girnius, an associate professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University, told BNS on Wednesday.

According to Girnius, Obama will have practically no chances of pushing through home policy initiatives and his powers will be focused on the right to veto Republican proposals.

US policies over the coming two years will depend on the Republicans' position and whether, encouraged by their victory, they will choose a very strong position or will be willing to compromise to convince voters, tired of political disagreements in Washington, ahead of the upcoming 2016 presidential elections.

The Republicans secured a majority in the Senate after winning midterm elections in North Carolina and Iowa. The party took over at least six seats in the Senate and will have at least 51 members in the 100-seat upper chamber of the Congress.

The Republicans will most probably increase their majority in the House of Representatives as well.

Kęstutis Girnius
Kęstutis Girnius
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