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Kazimira Prunskienė: Prime Minister, Lithuania, 1990-1991

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Kazimira Prunskienė: Prime Minister, Lithuania, 1990-1991

Kazimira Prunskienė was born on February 26, 1943. She attended Vilnius University and earned a BA in economics in 1965, and subsequently a PhD in economics in the late 1980s. She started her professional career at Vilnius University, first as an instructor, and then as a senior associate in the department of Industrial Economics. Prunskienė joined the Lithuanian Communist Party in 1980, and acted as the Deputy Director for the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic's Agricultural Economics Research Institute. Prunskienė worked in West Germany from 1981 to 1986. In 1988, she helped found the Sajudis or Lithuanian Restructuring Movement, the precursor to Lithuania's largest pro-independence group. She was elected as the first Prime Minister of Lithuania after the declaration of Lithuanian independence on March 11, 1990. From 2004-2008 she was the Minister of Agriculture as well as leader of the Peasants and New Democratic Party Union. She has three children - a son Vaidotas, and two daughters, Rasa and Daivita.