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The new wording of Lithuania's Law on Referendum was adopted in 2018 through a procedure that violated the Constitution, the Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday.
Court: law on referendum ruled unconstitutional
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The existing law will remain in force until July 1, 2021. Before that date, the Seimas will have to pass a constitutional Law on Referendum.

The current law was passed in 2018 by a simple majority of votes in the presence of a quorum, the usual procedure for adopting new legislation.

The Law on Referendum is on the list of constitutional laws approved by the Seimas in 2012.

Therefore, a group of MPs said the procedure for adopting a constitutional law had to be followed and asked the court to look into the matter.

Under the Constitution, at least 71 members of the 141-strong Seimas must vote in favor to adopt a constitutional law and at least a three-fifths majority of votes is required to amend it.

The Law on Referendum was passed in December 2018 with 65 votes in favor, two against and 18 abstentions.

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