Artūras Paulauskas

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Artūras Paulauskas
Artūras Paulauskas.jpg
President of Lithuania
Acting
In office
6 April 2004 – 12 July 2004
Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas
Preceded by Rolandas Paksas
Succeeded by Valdas Adamkus
Ministry of Environment
In office
31 January 2008 – 9 December 2008
Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas
Preceded by Arūnas Kundrotas
Succeeded by Gediminas Kazlauskas
Speaker of the Seimas
In office
12 July 2004 – 11 April 2006
Preceded by Česlovas Juršėnas (Acting)
Succeeded by Vydas Gedvilas (Acting)
In office
19 October 2000 – 6 April 2004
Preceded by Vytautas Landsbergis
Succeeded by Česlovas Juršėnas (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1953-08-23) 23 August 1953 (age 61)
Vilnius, Soviet Union
(now Lithuania)
Political party Communist Party (Before 1989)
Independent (1989–1998)
New Union (1998–2011)
Labour Party (2011–present)
Spouse(s) Jolanta Paulauskienė
Alma mater Vilnius University

Artūras Paulauskas [ɐrˈt̪uːrɐs̪ pɐʊˈɫɐ̂ˑʊs̪kɐs̪] ( ) (born 23 August 1953 in Vilnius) is a Lithuanian politician. He was the Speaker of Seimas, the parliament of Lithuania, from 2000 to 2006, and he served as Acting President of Lithuania from 6 April 2004 to 12 July 2004.[1]

Early career[edit]

Artūras Paulauskas graduated from Vilnius University with a degree in law in 1976. He then worked as an investigator and a prosecutor. He was Deputy Prosecutor General of Lithuania from 1987 to 1990 and Prosecutor General of Lithuania from 1990 to 1995. He was again Deputy Prosecutor General from 1995 to 1997 and was engaged in private legal practice from 1997 to 2000.[1]

Political career[edit]

Artūras Paulauskas entered politics by running for President of Lithuania in the 1997–1998 elections. He was supported by outgoing President Algirdas Brazauskas and narrowly lost in the runoff to Valdas Adamkus, with Paulauskas gaining 49.6% of vote and Adamkus gaining 50.4%. He then established The New Union (Social Liberals) party, becoming its chairman on 25 April 1998.[1] This party gained 19.6% of vote in the 2000 parliamentary election. Following this election, he became the Speaker of Seimas on 19 October 2000.

Following the impeachment of President Rolandas Paksas on 6 April 2004, Paulauskas served as acting President of Lithuania until early elections were held and a new President, Valdas Adamkus, was sworn on 12 July 2004.

On 11 April 2006, Paulauskas was removed from office as Speaker by 94 votes (only 11 parliamentarians voted against it). His party New Union (Social Liberals) did not participate in the election. Paulauskas was succeeded by Viktoras Muntianas.

Paulauskas was named as the candidate for the post of Minister of Environment by Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas on 30 January 2008. As Minister, he made a May 2008 statement at a meeting of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development supporting the use of renewable energy resources in Lithuania.[2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Artūras Paulauskas". Seimas of Lithuania. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Statement by H.E. Mr. ARTŪRAS PAULAUSKAS". United Nations. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 

References[edit]

  • (Lithuanian) [1]. Artūras Paulauskas. Seimas of Lithuania, accessed 2009-11-07.

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Vytautas Landsbergis
Speaker of the Seimas
2000–2004
Succeeded by
Česlovas Juršėnas
Acting
Preceded by
Rolandas Paksas
President of Lithuania
Acting

2004
Succeeded by
Valdas Adamkus
Preceded by
Česlovas Juršėnas
Acting
Speaker of the Seimas
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Vydas Gedvilas
Acting
Preceded by
Arūnas Kundrotas
Ministry of Environment
2008
Succeeded by
Gediminas Kazlauskas