Posts tagged as parliament

Lithuania will allow impeached president to run for parliament

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The proposed amendment to Article 74 of the constitution would pave the way for a person impeached and removed from office to stand for election no sooner than ten years after impeachment. The bill is being tabled in order to implement the judgment adopted by the European Court of Human Rights in the case brought against Lithuania by ex-president Rolandas Paksas, who was ousted through impeachment in 2004. Paksas was…

Latvian parliament waives immunity of deputy Adamsons over security suspicions

Thursday, June 10, 2021

A vote of the Latvian parliament, on June 10 decided to waive the parliamentary immunity of long-time deputy Janis Adamsons to help an investigation into whether he passed sensitive information to Russia. The Saeima consented to allowing the potential search of Adamsons, his places of residence and work, and his potential detention, arrest and application of other security measures. The vote was carried by 69 votes to 5. According to…

Lithuanian Parliament Passes Motion Condemning Uyghur Genocide

Friday, May 21, 2021

The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday passed a motion condemning China for what it called China’s policy of genocide against Uyghur Muslims in the northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, becoming the latest government or legislature to make the designation. Passing in a vote of 86 to one with seven abstentions, the resolution strongly condemned “China’s massive, systematic and grave human rights violations and crimes against humanity” in the XUAR, where more…

President Levits urges annual language report to parliament

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Latvian President Egils Levits on April 26 released the text of a letter he has written to the government demanding more action to promote the use of the Latvian language and repeatedly reiterating that it is the only language in which official business should be carried out. While signing into law amendments to the Law on Higher Education Institutions adopted by the Saeima that allow greater use of the official European Union…

Holocaust revisionist confirmed as new head of state-sponsored ‘Genocide center’ in Lithuania

Friday, April 23, 2021

A revisionist historian whose work on World War II has been harshly criticized by Jewish experts on the Holocaust in Lithuania has been confirmed as head of the country’s state-sponsored Lithuanian Genocide and Resistance Research Center (LGGRTC). Dr. Arūnas Bubnys, currently the head of the LGGRTC’s research department, was approved as its new director by a vote of the Seimas, Lithuania’s parliament, on Thursday. A total of 76 parliamentarians voted…

Lithuania’s parliament OKs new PM, then closes due to virus

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Lithuania’s parliament approved Tuesday conservative Ingrida Simonyte as the Baltic country’s next prime minister before shutting down for a week because of a recent COVID-19 spike in the country Simonyte, 46, will head a three-party center-right coalition after winning in a 62-10 vote in the 141-seat legislature, which is called the Seimas. Another 41 lawmakers abstained, and 28 others were absent mostly due to the coronavirus resurgence. The southernmost Baltic…

Digital transformation of the Lithuanian Parliament

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Ensuring safe continuation of its activities, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania convened and voted remotely for the first time amidst the turmoil of Covid-19. It was the successful cooperation of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania with Microsoft, the global leader in cloud services, and its joint team of partners, which includes Fortevento, Avalytics and Ondato, that has allowed access to remote work and voting thus facilitating…

Lithuanian MP shoked by conditions at Vilnius Covid-19 wards

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Lithuanian MP Vilija Targamadzė, who has been hospitalised with Covid-19 in Vilnius, has shared images of broken beds and bathrooms, calling into question the preparations of the country’s capital for the second wave of the pandemic, wrote LRT. “I couldn’t imagine that Covid-19 patients are being treated in such conditions,” she posted on Facebook on Wednesday. In a room of four beds, three were broken, she said, and the toilets…

Lithuanian parliament adopts 2021 budget

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

On Tuesday, the Lithuanian parliament adopted the 2021 budget with 77 votes in favour, two votes against, and 49 abstentions. The budget provides for a general government deficit of 7 percent of GDP, mostly due to the 934 million euros allocated to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The government may submit a revised budget next year if more funds are need to cope with the crisis, according to Prime Minister Ingrida…

Lithuanian parliament approves new government

Friday, December 11, 2020

On Friday, the Lithuanian parliament approved the new government of Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė.. The motion was passed with 78 votes in favour, 30 against and 20 abstentions. The 18th government will take office after its members are sworn in. The new cabinet was formed by the conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) and two liberal parties – the Liberal Movement and the Freedom Party. Šymontytė previously said…