Lithuanian Parliament approves Ingrida Simonyte as next Prime Minister

Ingrida Simonyte has been approved as the next Prime Minister of Lithuania by the country’s Parliament. She is the second woman to hold the office, following Kazimira Prunskienė. Šimonytė has additionally served as a member of the Seimas for the Antakalnis constituency since 2016, and was minister of finance in the second Kubilius cabinet from 2009 until 2012. She was a candidate in the 2019 presidential election.

She narrowly won the first round of the election on 12 May 2019, before placing second behind Gitanas Nausėda in the run-off on 26 May.  She was reelected to parliament in the 2020 parliamentary election, where the Homeland Union won a plurality of seats. Following the certification of the election results, Šimonytė was proposed as the prime ministerial candidate by a coalition consisting of the Homeland Union, Liberal Movement, and Freedom Party, and took office on 24 November with the appointment of her cabinet. 

Šimonytė is an independent politician, although she has been affiliated with the Homeland Union. 

The Parliament has shut down for a week because of a recent COVID-19 spike in the country. 

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