Kazimira Prunskienė was the first Prime Minister of Lithuania after declaring independence from the USSR in 1990.
Kazimira Prunskienė was born in 1943 and received a degree in economics from the University of Vilnius.
Prunskiene joined the Lithuanian Communist Party in 1980, but did not truly become active until 1988 when she helped found Sąjūdis, the precursor to Lithuania's largest pro-independence group.
Following her resignation from office, Prunskiene headed Lithuania’s Department of Agriculture, as well as led the National Farmer’s Party, before leaving in 2009 to establish the Lithuanian People’s Party.
Prunskiene went on to found the Lithuanian-European Institute, and in 1995 was elected leader of the Lithuanian Women's Party. She has published 15 books.
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