The President of Lithuania has appointed Ingrida Šimonīte / Diena as Prime Minister

On Tuesday, the Lithuanian Seimas approved Šimonīte’s candidacy for the post of Prime Minister nominated by the new Conservative and Liberal ruling coalition.

62 deputies voted in favor of the candidacy, ten were against and 41 abstentions.

On November 19, Nauseda had submitted Šimonīte’s candidacy to parliament for approval.

Within 15 days of his appointment, Šimonīte must form a government and receive the President’s approval for the composition of the Cabinet of Ministers, as well as present the new government and its program for parliamentary approval.

The government is authorized to start work if the program is supported by a majority of the deputies present at the Seimas sitting.

Šimonīte was nominated as the Prime Minister by the new ruling coalition formed by the former opposition Conservative Party Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats and two liberal parties, the Liberal Movement and the Freedom Party.

In the Lithuanian Parliament, which has 141 seats, they won a total of 74 seats in the October Seimas elections.

The non-partisan Šimonīte, who is 46 years old, was the leader of the Conservative list and a candidate for the post of prime minister. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Vilnius University and a master’s degree in business administration from Stockholm School of Economics. Šimonīte once gained the public’s trust and sympathy as the Minister of Finance of the Conservative Government from 2009 to 2012, later Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania, was elected to the Seimas in 2016, but lost to Nausēde in the second round of last year’s Lithuanian presidential election.

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On November 18, Šimonīte named almost all the candidates for the positions of ministers of the incoming government.

Party leaders Gabrieļus Landsbergis are appointed from the Conservatives to the position of Foreign Minister, historian and long-term Member of the Seimas Arvīds Anušausks to the Minister of Defense, long-term Member of the Seimas Agne Bilotaite to the Minister of the Interior, Member of the Seimas Gintare Skaiste to the Minister of Finance, , former Auditor General Arūnas Duļķis for the position of Minister of Health, former Deputy Rector of Kaunas University of Technology Jurgita Šugždiniene for the position of Minister of Education and Member of the Seimas and former Executive Secretary of the Conservative Party Monika Navickiene for the position of Minister of Social Protection.

The candidates of the Liberal Movement are the former Deputy Mayor of Klaipeda Simons Kairis for the position of the Minister of Culture and the Member of the Seimas Simons Gentvils for the position of the Minister of the Environment.

Aušrine Armonaite, the chairman of the Freedom Party, is applying for the position of the Minister of Economy and Innovation, and the party’s candidates for work in the government are also former market research companies. Euromonitor International analyst Kaspars Adomaitis for the position of the Minister of Transport and human rights lawyer Evelīna Dobrovoļska for the position of the Minister of Justice.

On Tuesday, before the vote in the Seimas, Šimonīte informed journalists that the candidate for the position of the Minister of Agriculture is the Chancellor of the Ministry of Agriculture Dalia Mineataite. Consequently, Šimonīte has named all the candidates for ministerial positions.

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The new government will replace the cabinet of ministers headed by Prime Minister Saulius Skverneelis, which consists of the Central Union of Farmers and Greens and the Social Democratic Labor Party.

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