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Former police chief approved as prime minister in Lithuania

Associated Press Associated Press 22/11/2016
Lithuania's Peasant and Green's Union (LPGU) party leader Salius Skvernelis speaks in parliament in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Lithuania's parliament approved Skvernelis as the new prime minister on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) © The Associated Press Lithuania's Peasant and Green's Union (LPGU) party leader Salius Skvernelis speaks in parliament in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Lithuania's parliament approved Skvernelis as the new prime minister on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuania's parliament has approved former interior minister and police chief Saulius Skvernelis as the Baltic country's new prime minister.

Ninety lawmakers voted in favor, four against while the rest either abstained or were absent during the vote Tuesday in the 141-member assembly.

Skvernelis, 46, was proposed as prime minister by the agrarian Peasants and Greens Union, which won national elections last month and agreed to form a coalition government with the Social Democrats.

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