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Algirdas Brazauskas

The last First Secretary of the Lithuanian Communist Party (1988-1990) and the first popularly elected president of the Republic of Lithuania (1993-1998). When Brazauskas joined the party in 1959, he was a hydroelectric engineer. A specialist in economic questions, he became a candidate member of the LCP Central Committee in 1966 and a full member in 1976.

He came to prominence in 1988 as a member of the Central Committee who dared to speak to large gatherings sponsored by Sajudis, and in October 1988 he became LCP First Secretary, replacing Ringaudas Songaila, who in his one year as party First Secretary had made no public speeches.

In 1989, joining the new currents in Lithuania, Brazauskas led the LCP in separating from the CPSU. In 1990, the party reorganized itself as the Lithuanian Democratic Labor Party (LDDP according to its Lithuanian initials), and in 1992 the party triumphed in elections to the new national parliament, the Seimas.

In 1993 Brazauskas became Lithuania’s first popularly elected president.







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Location:  Eastern Europe
Capital:  Vilnius
Communist Rule:  1940-1941 / 1944-1990
Status:  Independence restored - 11.03.90
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