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Lithuania: Vagnorius Nominated As Prime Minister

Vilnius, 27 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - The Baltic News Service reports that Lithuanian President Algirdas Brazauskas officially nominated Gediminas Vagnorius today as the country's new prime minister.

The nomination of Vagnorius, chairman of the Conservatives, must be approved by Parliament within five days. Vagnorius previously served as prime minister from January 1991 until the summer of 1992.

The news service quotes Vytautis Landsbergis, the newly-elected chairman of Parliament, as saying he expects a vote on Vagnorius as early as tomorrow.

Although a new prime minister consitutionally has 15 days to assemble a government, Vagnorius said he will present his cabinet immediately after his confirmation by the Seimas (parliament).

Lithuania's new government will be dominated by the Conservatives, who won 70 of 141 Seimas seats in two rounds of voting.

Their coalition partner, the Christian Democratic Party, holds 16 seats in the Seimas and is expected to receive at least two ministerial posts.