An official of the European Court of Human Rights has said in response to an ad hoc parliamentary commission about restoration of rights of the Order and Justice party's leader Rolandas Paksas that it would be a good idea to allow the politician to run in the 2016 elections.
Rolandas Paksas
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

The reply to the inquiry sent by an ad hoc parliamentary commission in July was received from Genevieve Mayer, secretary general of the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the court's Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law.

Mayer noted that Paksas was banned from parliamentary elections back in 2004.

"Since the court's judgement of 2011, parliamentary elections have already been held once in October 2012 without the applicant being able to present himself. Therefore, it would appear appropriate that the applicant should be enabled to present himself during the parliamentary elections in October 2016, if he so wishes," reads the reply to the Lithuanian parliamentary commission.

The parliament has formed an ad hoc commission to establish the reasons behind the failure to implement the ECHR ruling of Jan. 6 of 2011 on Paksas' candidacy for the elections.

The parliament had started to discuss a Constitutional amendment on post-impeachment candidacy, however, the final voting did not take place. The bid to change the Constitution in the current parliament is short of votes.

Paksas cannot run for president and the parliament since he was removed from the President's Office by way of impeachment in 2004. The Constitutional Court has ruled that a person who has lost a post by way of impeachment cannot hold any position that requires a Constitutional oath for life. According to the court's ruling changing the provision would require amending the country's main law.

Naujienų agentūros BNS informaciją skelbti, cituoti ar kitaip atgaminti visuomenės informavimo priemonėse bei interneto tinklalapiuose be raštiško UAB "BNS" sutikimo neleidžiama.

President wears military uniform to meeting with troops to be closer to them

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda wore a military uniform to his meeting with troops on...

Linkevicius: new Belarusian-Russian deal to have negative implications for Lithuania

New integration agreements between Minsk and Moscow will bring Russia closer to the Lithuanian...

Lastauskas to head Lithuanian Armed Forces' Strategic Communication Department

Lieutenant Colonel Eugenijus Lastauskas has taken over as head of the Strategic Communication...

Palestinians ask for Lithuania's assistance

The Palestinians hope to have their representation in Vilnius in two years and are asking Lithuania...

Swastika shaped using soil appears near Jewish community building in Vilnius (4)

A swastika shaped using soil appeared on the sidewalk close to the main entrance of the Jewish...