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New man named as Lithuanian PM

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The hot seat has been vacant for a month. But now Lithuania’s acting defence minister has been nominated to become the Baltic state’s next prime minister. Gediminas Kirkilas has the backing of the president but he also needs parliamentary approval – something a fellow Social Democrat would-be premier failed to secure last week.

Kirkilas wants to maintain Lithuania’s close ties with the EU and the West as well as the target of joining the euro zone as soon as possible. But analysts predict he will struggle to garner the support needed to form a coalition. The political situation in the ex-Soviet state is fluid, they say, because the electorate has lost faith in its political leaders.

Lithuania’s previous centre-left coalition government fell at the end of May, amid a corruption scandal.