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Lithuanian president approves makeup of Simonyte Cabinet

BC, Vilnius, 07.12.2020.Print version
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda signed on Monday a decree to approve the makeup of the center-right Cabinet of Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte, reported LETA/BNS.

"I have approved the newly formed Cabinet of Ministers (...) headed by Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte," the president told.


"This Cabinet is taking office in a really difficult period for Lithuania and its top priority, urgent task will probably be to overcome the pandemic crisis we are facing now and to take very decisive and swift decisions that would yield immediate results," he said.   

The Cabinet consists of nine ministers delegated by the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats, three by the Freedom Party and two by the Liberal Movement. 


The Cabinet is made up of Finance Mister Gintare Skaiste, Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas, Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite, Health Minister Arunas Dulkys, Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, Social Security and Labor Minister Monika Navickiene, Education, Science and Sport Minister Jurgita Siugzdiniene, Energy Minister  Dainius Kreivys, Agriculture Minister  Kestutis Navickas, Economy and Innovation Minister Ausrine Armonaite, Justice Minister Evelina Dobrovolska, Transport Minister  Marius Skuodis, Environment Minister Simonas Gentvilas and Culture Minister Simonas Kairys


Nauseda described the new government's program as "ambitious".  

"It is really ambitious and in line with the welfare state goals I am setting," he said. "I am looking forward to close cooperation in the future." 


The new government will take office after the parliament endorses its program and the ministers are sworn in. 


Simonyte expects that the process will not take long.


"Time is a decisive factor now, given the COVID-19 situation and the need to approve next year's state and other budgets so that we can start next year smoothly," she said. "The government will have little time to make these decisions." 

 






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