Albertas Šimėnas

Albertas Šimėnas (born February 17, 1950 in Papiliai) was Prime Minister of Lithuania for 3 days, from January 10 to January 13, 1991. He disappeared during the January Events and was replaced by Gediminas Vagnorius.

Šimėnas graduated from the Vilnius University in 1972 with a degree in economics. He lectured at the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University from 1984 to 1989.[1] He joined activities of Sąjūdis movement and was elected to the Supreme Council – Reconstituent Seimas. On March 11, 1990 he signed the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania, declaring Lithuania's independence from the Soviet Union. In January 1991, when the first government led by Kazimira Prunskienė resigned due to rising prices, Šimėnas became the Prime Minister of a largely unchanged government.[2] However, as the Soviet Army entered Vilnius and surrounded key buildings, Šimėnas disappeared. In an emergency session, Gediminas Vagnorius took over his cabinet and became the Prime Minister. Šimėnas suddenly reappeared on January 14.[3] He joined Vagnorius' government as the Minister of Economy on May 30, 1991 and served until the government resigned on July 21, 1992.[4] In 1994, he joined the Lithuanian Christian Democratic Party and was elected to the Seventh Seimas in 1996.[1] He ran unsuccessfully in the 2004 Seimas and European Parliament elections, after which he joined the private sector.

Šimėnas published several academic papers on economy and a monograph about economic reforms in Lithuania from 1990 to 1994.


  1. 1 2 "Albertas ŠIMĖNAS" (in Lithuanian). Seimas. 2001. Archived from the original on 4 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  2. "Red Army clamps curfew on two Lithuanian cities". Straits Times. 14 January 1991.
  3. "Former Premier Simenas reappears at Supreme Council". BBC Monitoring Service. 14 January 1991.
  4. "Ankstesnės vyriausybės > Po 1990 metų" (in Lithuanian). Government of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
Preceded by
Kazimira Prunskienė
Prime Minister of Lithuania
January 10, 1991 January 13, 1991
Succeeded by
Gediminas Vagnorius
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