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Lithuania makes a fresh start

2009-07-12 13:29

Vilnius - Lithuania has inaugurated its first woman president at a time when the Baltic state's economic woes are increasing.

Dalia Grybauskaite took her oath of office in a low-key ceremony on Sunday in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.

In a speech after the ceremony the 53-year-old former European Union budget commissioner vowed to help tackle Lithuania's deepening economic troubles and strike a balanced foreign policy.

Grybauskaite won a landslide election victory in May. She succeeds Valdas Adamkus, who stepped down after serving 10 years as president and guiding Lithuania to membership in the EU and NATO.