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Lithuanian president signs Algirdas Butkevičius's appointment as prime minister

Algirdas Butkevičius
Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Algirdas Butkevičius
Šaltinis: BNS

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė signed a decree on Monday, appointing Algirdas Butkevičius, the leader of the Social Democratic Party, as the new prime minister, the presidential press service said.

The new prime minister now has 15 days to form the government and propose the cabinet line-up for parliamentary approval.

Last week, 90 of Lithuania's 141 MPs voted in support of designating Butkevičius, 54, as the new prime minister.

Butkevičius was supported by representatives of the Social Democratic Party, the Labour Party, the Order and Justice Party, the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania, three members of the opposition Path of Courage Party and three members of the Non-affiliated political group.

Pursuant to the Lithuanian Constitution, the president appoints and dismisses the prime minister, subject to endorsement of of the Seimas.

Born in Radviliškis district, northern Lithuania, on 19 November 1958, Butkevičius graduated from Šeduva Secondary School in 1977 and earned a degree in economic engineering at Vilnius Institute of Engineering Construction (now – Vilnius Gediminas Technical University) in 1984. In 1990-1991, he studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Management and graduated with a management degree. He was enrolled in postgraduate management studies at Kaunas University of Technology in 1995.

The new PM has been on internships in Germany, the United States and Denmark. In 2008, he defended a doctoral thesis in social sciences.

He started his professional career in Vilkaviškis in 1982, served as an architecture inspector in Vilkaviškis in 1985-1990, was deputy manager of Vilkaviškis district in 1991-1995 and was director for market research and marketing at Vilkauta company in 1995-1996.

Butkevičius has been member of the Lithuanian Seimas since 1996. He was the finance minister in 2004–2005 and the minister of transport and communications in 2006-2008.

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