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Members of the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Lithuanian parliament (Seimas) have suggested to change the procedure of appointing prosecutor general. Under current regulation, the prosecutor general is appointed by the president, with parliament's approval; a new bill suggests letting the government pick the candidate.
Prosecutor General Office
Prosecutor General Office
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Under the new procedure, proposed by five of the eight members of the Legal Affairs Committee, including its chair Julius Sabatauskas, and leaders of the social democratic and Order and Justice parliamentary groups, a candidate would be nominated by the government, approved by parliament and then appointed by the president. The justice minister and the chair of the Supreme Court would be involved in selecting the nominee.

Since the term of the last Prosecutor General, Darius Valys, expired last June, President Dalia Grybauskaitė has nominated two candidates to succeed him, but both were rejected by the Seimas.

The situation, the authors of the bill claim, represents a constitutional crisis which would be solved by handing the right to nominate prosecutor general to the government.

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