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Gitanas Nausėda officially becomes President of Lithuania

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Lithuania’s newly-elected President Gitanas Nausėda

On Friday, 12 July, Lithuania’s newly-elected President Gitanas Nausėda is giving his solemn vow, taking the reins from previous president Dalia Grybauskaitė, who remained in this post for ten years.

In the morning of the Day of Inauguration, Gitanas Nausėda will visit the Monument to Jonas Basanavičius. After that he will attend the festive meeting in the Lithuanian Seimas, during which he will present his solemn vow. Once the ceremony is over, Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Riflemen’s Union will line-up in the Independence Square outside the Seimas, after which there will be a parade of Lithuania Armed Forces on Gediminas Avenue.

A service will be held in the afternoon at Vilnius Cathedral.

Once the ceremony is over, the new president will participate in a ceremonial handover of the Presidential Palace. He will also read a speech. In accordance with the Constitution, Dalia Grybauskaitė will step down as president. The president will then have 15 days to propose a candidate for the post of the country’s next prime minister.

A festive concert will be held at Simono Daukanto Square. The concert will include performances from musicians hailing from ten regions of Lithuania. Around evening, Gitanas Nausėda will hold an inaugural reception will be held in the palace courtyard.

More than 2 000 people have been invited to the reception. Fulfilling his previously given promise, Nausėda’s team picked many people from culture, education, science and arts, doctors, clergymen, former political prisoners and public organizations activists as guests. The newly-elected president did not hide having invited well-known opinion leaders, including ones he wants to thank for support in elections.

No high-level foreign guests have been invited to the Lithuanian president’s inauguration reception. «We wanted to invite everyone. Unfortunately, we decided to not invite any high-level foreign guests for one reason – the president wants to devote more time to the nation, simple people. Had we invited high-level foreign guests, we would have had to prepare a separate programme for every one of them,» explained head of inauguration committee Aļģe Budrīte.

55-year-old economist, ex-advisor to Lithuanian SEB Bank’s governor Gitanas Nausėda took part in presidential elections as an independent candidate. During the second stage of elections on 26 May, he took the lead from his competitor, ex-Finance Minister Ingrida Šimonytė. Nausėda received 65.68% of votes, whereas Šimonytė received 33.04% of votes.

After elections Nausėda said he wants to change traditions, maintain a more open work style and organize regular press-conferences.


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