2019.07.18 13:11

Rupšys passes parliament vote to become Lithuania's chief of defence

BNS2019.07.18 13:11

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, greenlit the appointment of Major General Valdemaras Rupšys as the country's chief of defence.

The motion was passed with 104 votes in favour and two abstentions.

The 52-year-old general, who currently commands the Lithuanian Land Force, will now be promoted to be the chief of defence by President Gitanas Nausėda.

Rupšys has in the past commanded various military units and has held the post of director of the Personnel Department at the Defence Ministry.

He was appointed commander of the Lithuanian Land Force in 2016 and received the rank of brigadier general two years later.

Rupšys graduated from the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, the Estonia-based Baltic Defense College and the US Army War College.

He is taking over as chief of defence from Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas.

Povilas Mačiulis, a presidential advisor, has said recently that the retired general may join Nausėda's team.

Under the Lithuanian Constitution, the chief of defence is appointed for a five-year term and dismissed by the president, subject to the parliament's approval.