Dalia Grybauskaitė: Political profile

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Dalia Grybauskaitė, described as Lithuania’s ‘Iron lady, is the current President of Lithuania. Despite her decision to step down after two Five-year terms, Grybauskaitė is popular in Lithuania for helping to make the country a “strong and prosperous state”. She has made history in the country as the first female Lithuanian President and the first to serve for two consecutive terms.

Before becoming President Grybauskaitė served in several other political roles including the program director in Prime Minister’s office, Director of the Economic Relations Department and finance minister.

The 2009 presidential election saw Dalia Grybauskaitė win with a staggering 69.1% majority, her success attributed to her superior financial knowledge and ability to avoid scandals.

While in office President Grybauskaitė has strongly criticised Russia and Vladimir Putin, calling the country a “terrorist state”. Her anti-Russian stance, strong character and black belt in Karate has led to Dalia Grybauskaitė’s comparisons to Margaret Thatcher.

Leah Trimmer

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