MOSCOW — Vitautas S. Astrauskas has been named president of the Baltic republic of Lithuania, the official Soviet news agency Tass said Monday.
Last week, former President Ringaudas-Bronislovas I. Songaila was chosen Communist Party chief in the republic, Tass said.
Astrauskas, 57, has been a member of Lithuania's top party body and a Central Committee secretary since 1981.
Tass said he also has experience in the fields of trade and communal services. No other details were given.