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Authoritarian dictator. Antanas Smetona was one of the leaders of the coup d'etat of 1926, and became President on December 17, of that year. He designated Augustinas Voldemaras, as Prime Minister. One year later he suppressed the parliament, and on May 15, 1928, with the approval of the government, he promulgated a new Constitution of the Lithuanian State with more extensive presidential powers. In 1929, he removed Voldemaras and became dictator. He was re-elected President in 1931 and 1938, and remained in office until June 15, 1940.

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