Andrius Kubilius

Andrius Kubilius is a Lithuanian politician who has been Prime Minister of Lithuania since 2008.

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Andrius Kubilius (born 8 December 1956) is a Lithuanian politician who has been Prime Minister of Lithuania since 2008. He previously served as Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000.[1] He is the leader of the conservative political party Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats.

Biography

Kubilius was born at Vilnius. After graduation from the 22nd secondary school in Vilnius, Kubilius was accepted to Vilnius University and studied in the Faculty of Physics until 1979. He continued his academic career and postgraduate studies at Vilnius University from 1981 to 1984.

Kubilius became a member of the pro-independence Sąjūdis movement, who favored separation from the Soviet Union. He later became the Executive Secretary of the Sąjūdis Council. Soon after the re-establishment of Lithuania's independence, Kubilius was elected to the Seimas (parliament). Since then Kubilius has been an active figure in Lithuanian politics. He became a member of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats in 1993.[1]

Kubilius led the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats Party into elections on 28 October 2008. Conservatives defeated the Social Democrats, making Kubilius the main candidate for Prime Minister. On 27 November 2008 Kubilius was officially appointed as Prime Minister of Lithuania. He received 89 votes in favour, 27 against, and 16 members of the Seimas abstained.[2]

Kubilius speaks Lithuanian, Russian and English.

Family

His wife Rasa Kubilienė is a violinist in the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra; the couple have two sons.

References

  1. LR Vyriausioji rinkimų komisija. Lietuvos Respublikos Seimo rinkimai. Retrieved on 2008-11-24
  2. Lietuvos rytas A.Kubilius į premjerus - užtikrinta persvara Retrieved on 2008-11-27