The Prime Minister of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Ministras Pirmininkas, literally translated as Minister-Chairman) is the head of the Government of Lithuania. The prime minister is Lithuania's head of government and is appointed by the President with the assent of the Lithuanian parliament, the Seimas. The modern office of Prime Minister was established in 1990, during the turmoil surrounding the Soviet Union's collapse, although the official title was "Chairperson of the Council of Ministers" until 25 November 1992.
Historically, the title of Prime Minister was also used between 1918 and 1940. This was during the original Republic of Lithuania, which lasted from the collapse of the Russian Empire until the country's annexation by the Soviet Union.
|Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania|
since 13 December 2016
|Appointer||President of Lithuania|
|Term length||Legislative elections to the Seimas are held every four years at most and newly elected Seimas approves the Prime Minister. No term limits are imposed on the office.|
|Inaugural holder||Augustinas Voldemaras|
|Formation||11 November 1918|
|Portrait||Term of office||Political party|
|11 November 1918||26 December 1918||Party of National Progress|
|26 December 1918||5 March 1919||Peasant Union|
|13 March 1919||12 April 1919||Lithuanian Christian Democratic Party|
|12 April 1919||2 October 1919||Peasant Union|
|7 October 1919||15 June 1920||Independent|
|19 June 1920||18 January 1922||Lithuanian Popular Peasants' Union|
|2 February 1922||17 June 1924||Independent|
|18 June 1924||27 January 1925||Lithuanian Christian Democratic Party|
|4 February 1925||19 September 1925||Farmers' Association|
|25 September 1925||31 May 1926||Lithuanian Christian Democratic Party|
|15 June 1926||17 December 1926||Lithuanian Popular Peasants' Union|
|17 December 1926||19 September 1929||Lithuanian Nationalist Union|
|23 September 1929||8 June 1934||Lithuanian Nationalist Union|
|12 June 1934||6 September 1935|
|6 September 1935||24 March 1938|
|24 March 1938||5 December 1938||Lithuanian Nationalist Union|
|5 December 1938||28 March 1939|
|28 March 1939||21 November 1939||Lithuanian Nationalist Union|
|21 November 1939||15 June 1940||Lithuanian Nationalist Union|
Following the ultimatum in June 1940, the forces of Soviet Union entered Lithuania, prompting President Antanas Smetona to flee the country. Antanas Merkys, who assumed the position of acting President in accordance with the constitution, soon announced he had taken over the Presidency on a permanent basis and appointed Justas Paleckis, favored by the Soviet authorities, as the Prime Minister ahead of the "people's government". Merkys soon resigned, allowing Paleckis to assume the post of acting President as well. The presidency of Merkys is not recognized as legitimate in modern Lithuania and Paleckis is not listed as an interwar Prime Minister in government sources.
|Portrait||Term of office||Political party|
|17 June 1940||24 June 1940|
From 11 March 1990 after adopting the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania.
|Term of office[Note 1]||Political party|
|17 March 1990||10 January 1991||Independent|
(endorsed by Sąjūdis)
|10 January 1991||13 January 1991||Independent|
(endorsed by Sąjūdis)
|13 January 1991||21 July 1992||Independent|
(endorsed by Sąjūdis)
|21 July 1992||26 November 1992||Independent|
(endorsed by Sąjūdis)
|12 December 1992||10 March 1993||Independent|
(endorsed by Democratic Labour Party)
|10 March 1993||8 February 1996||Democratic Labour Party|
|23 February 1996||19 November 1996||Democratic Labour Party|
|4 December 1996||3 May 1999||Homeland Union (Conservatives)|
|1 June 1999||27 October 1999||Homeland Union (Conservatives)|
|3 November 1999||19 October 2000||Homeland Union (Conservatives)|
|27 October 2000||20 June 2001||Liberal Union|
|4 July 2001||15 November 2004||Social Democratic Party|
|29 November 2004||1 June 2006|
|6 July 2006||17 November 2008||Social Democratic Party|
|28 November 2008||16 November 2012||Homeland Union (Conservatives)|
|26 November 2012||14 November 2016||Social Democratic Party|
|22 November 2016||present||Independent|
(endorsed by Farmers and Greens Union)
Albertas Šimėnas (born February 17, 1950) was Prime Minister of Lithuania for 3 days, from January 10 to January 13, 1991. He disappeared during the January Events and was replaced by Gediminas Vagnorius.
Šimėnas graduated from the Vilnius University in 1972 with a degree in economics. He lectured at the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University from 1984 to 1989. He joined activities of Sąjūdis movement and was elected to the Supreme Council – Reconstituent Seimas. On March 11, 1990, he signed the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania, declaring Lithuania's independence from the Soviet Union. In January 1991, when the first government led by Kazimira Prunskienė resigned due to rising prices, Šimėnas became the Prime Minister of a largely unchanged government. However, as the Soviet Army entered Vilnius and surrounded key buildings, Šimėnas disappeared. In an emergency session, Gediminas Vagnorius took over his cabinet and became the Prime Minister. Šimėnas suddenly reappeared on January 14. He joined Vagnorius' government as the Minister of Economy on May 30, 1991, and served until the government resigned on July 21, 1992. In 1994, he joined the Lithuanian Christian Democratic Party and was elected to the Seventh Seimas in 1996. He ran unsuccessfully in the 2004 Seimas and European Parliament elections, after which he joined the private sector.
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