Deputy Seimas Speaker Kirkilas: We are happy with failed referendum results
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Gediminas Kirkilas, one of the leaders of the ruling Social Democratic Party, Deputy Speaker of the Seimas, who also chairs the Seimas Committee on European Affairs, spoke to TLT/DELFI.lt on the land sale referendum, held on 29 June, which failed due to a record-low turnout. What went wrong - or was it a success?
TLT/DELFI spoke to Gedinimas Kirkilas, Vice Chairman of the Seimas and the Chairman of the Seimas Committee on European Affairs, about the national minorities issues in Lithuania; from the Law on National Minorities, the name spelling controversy to the Electoral Action of Poles, which is turning into a political party of all national minorities in Lithuania.
The provision of the Referendum Law, which obligates the parliament to call a referendum, even if the proposal is possibly inconsistent with the Constitution, run counter to the country's main law, the Constitutional Court has ruled on Friday.
The majority of people in Lithuania expressed their civic position by snubbing the land sale referendum, held on Sunday, which failed due to a record-low turnout, says Ramūnas Vilpišauskas, director of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University.