Dual citizenship bars MEP and American-Lithuanian from running for parliament

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During a meeting with the Chair of Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission Zenonas Vaigauskas, Lithuanian-American Dr. Darius Udrys and Lithuanian-Australian MEP Antanas Guoga were informed that they are ineligible to stand as candidates for election to Lithuania’s Seimas due to the fact that both hold a second passport.
Antanas Guoga
© DELFI / Orestas Gurevičius

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Darius Udrys
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