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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Tuesday appointed Rimantas Sinkevicius to head the Ministry of Economy and Innovation, according to the presidency.

“I expect strong leadership from him in distributing support to crisis-stricken businesses, creating a more transparent public procurement system, ensuring professional management of state and municipal enterprises, and strengthening the regional economy,” said the president.

Sinkevicius, 68, who is from the Social Democratic Labour Party, chairs the parliamentary Committee on Economics and served as the minister of transport and communications from 2012 to 2016.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, who nominated Sinkevicius on Monday, believed that he got all the needed traits, skills and experience to assume the vacant position until the parliamentary election in October, according to local news agency Elta.

The main tasks facing the new minister include alleviating impacts of COVID-19 on the country’s economy and distributing state support faster and timely.

The position of the economy and innovation minister has been vacant since December when former minister Virginijus Sinkevicius assumed office as a European Commissioner.

(XINHUA)

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