The Lithuanian parliament's Law Department is critical about the ruling Peasant and Green Union's initiative to slash the number of parliamentarians from the current 141 to 101, saying that the decline in the population should not be the decisive argument, as MPs also represent interests of Lithuanian citizens living abroad.
Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania
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"We think that the decline in the population should not deny the function of the nation's representative body to represent citizens living in other countries, not just the citizens living in Lithuania," the department said in its conclusion about the proposed Constitutional amendments.

The lawyers said the reduction of MP numbers may have long-term effects – the country's main law would have to be changed again in the future, should the number of Lithuanian residents decreases further or starts growing.

LPGU leader Ramūnas Karbauskis and a few dozen MPs believe the Seimas should be reduced in the wake of the decline in population numbers.

When Lithuania's Constitution was adopted in 1992, Lithuania's population was 3.7 million people, while the country's current population has dropped to 2.85 million.

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