Lithuania in the News
29th July, 2006
Lithuania Has New Prime Minister, Gediminas Kirkilas
President Valdas Adamkus (left) and the new
Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas.
Photo courtesy President of Lithuania website
After the fall of the previous Lithuanian coalition government and the resignation of the Prime Minister, Algirdas Brazauskas, President Valdas Adamkus called on Gediminas Kirkilas, who was Defense Minister in the previous government, to form a new ministry. The new minority coalition government of 14 ministers was approved by parliament and was duly sworn in on July 18, 2006. The former Prime Minister 73-old Algirdas Brazauskas has stated his intention to retire from politics, though for the time
President Valdas Adamkus (left) and the former
Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas.
Photo courtesy President of Lithuania website
being he will continue as the chairman of the Social Democratic party. He had been premier for the last 5 years. Among the well wishers wishing him well in his retirement was American President Bush, congratulating him on Lithuania’s achievements under his rule, particularly membership of NATO and the EU, and declaring the United States’ appreciation of the partnership with Lithuania in supporting democracy.

Further information:
President of Lithuania website
Lithuanian Government website
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