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The former Prime Minister of Lithuania Gendiminas Kirkilas is dead at his home

Former Prime Minister of Lithuania Gendiminas Kirkilas has passed away at the age of 72. Yesterday Saturday, he was found dead in his home, with no signs of violence, according to Lithuanian media reports citing information from the police. Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonite paid tribute to Kirkilas, underlining that he was a “powerful figure” who had been actively involved in the political life of the country – which is a member of the European Union and NATO – since its independence in 1991. Born in Vilnius in 1951, Gendiminas Kirkilas served as the Minister of Defense of Lithuania from 2004 to 2006, while, as reported by APE-MPE, the following two years (2006-2008) he was the head of the social democratic government. “His prime ministership, in the first years after the country joined the EU and NATO, was an important test of our western orientation, which we passed,” noted Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausenda. “Gendiminas Kirkilas was an intelligent, respectable, pro-Western politician, who […]
Source: News Beast

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