First new minister candidate surfaces

Mindaugas Kvietkauskas

A candidate has appeared for one of the three vacant minister portfolios. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis presented President Dalia Grybauskaitė with the candidacy of literary, poet Mindaugas Kvietkauskas for the office of minister of culture.

42-year-old M. Kvietkauskas finished Lithuanian Language and Literature Studies at Vilnius University, worked at the editorial office of the Metai journal, studied Judaica at Oxford University.

From 2005 he worked at Vilnius University, earning his humanitarian sciences doctorate in 2006 and becoming docent in 2015.

Since 2008, he has been working at the Lithuanian Literature and Folklore Institute, working as the institution's director from 2008 to 2018.

Delfi reminds that PM S. Skvernelis declared his intention to replace three ministers two weeks ago, calling it a "reboot" of the cabinet.

Ministers of environment and education and science – Kęstutis Navickas and Jurgita Petrauskienė have already departed, while the president's decree regarding Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonnson will come into power on December 21.

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