The Lithuanian parliament shamefully discredited itself by keeping the MP mandate for the impeached MP Mindaugas Bastys, says President Dalia Grybauskaitė.
Mindaugas Bastys with president Dalia Grybauskaitė on March 8, 2017
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

"By trampling over the conclusion of the Constitutional Court and ignoring national security interests of the state, the parliament shamefully discredited itself with the vote," the president told BNS on Tuesday via her press service.

Earlier on Tuesday, Lithuania's parliament Tuesday came 13 votes short of revoking the mandate for gross violation of the Constitution and his oath of office. In a secret ballot, 72 parliamentarians voted in support of stripping the MP of the mandate, while 21 were against and 24 abstained.

The Constitutional Court has ruled that the lawmaker grossly violated the Constitution and breached the oath by concealing his ties with Piotr Voyeiko, a former KGB agent.

Bastys denies having breached the Constitution, saying that he did not deliberately conceal anything and merely made a mistake in the security questionnaire.

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