The largest opposition groups of the Lithuanian parliament have dismissed the parliamentary vote, which failed to strip MP Mindaugas Bastys of his mandate amid impeachment, as an slap on the face for the State Security Department and the Constitutional Court.
Vitalijus Gailius, Gabrielius Landsbergis, Eugenijus Gentvilas
© DELFI / Andrius Ufartas

"I am thinking beyond Bastys, I am thinking about the State Security Department's relation with the Seimas and the Seimas' slap on the face for the Constitutional Court. I believe these are very important institutions of Lithuania and the Seimas does not care. This is not just a question about Bastys," Eugenijus Gentvilas, the leader of the opposition Liberal Movement, said on Tuesday in comment of the vote.

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.

Rasa Juknevičienė, conservative member of the parliamentary National Security and Defence Committee, said the results indicated that part of the Seimas had been captured.

"We can think that this is merely an attempt to keep the majority and have a person of extreme loyalty, a person who has been affected and a bit damaged, but on the other hand, looking at what we at the National Security and Defence Committee found during the inquiry – I see this as capturing of part of the parliament," said Juknevičienė.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Russia to issue free e-visas to Lithuanians and other foreigners visiting Kaliningrad region

Moscow has formally notified Vilnius that Lithuanians will be able to travel to Russia's Baltic Sea...

1st thing to do in case of Astravyet's accident

The first thing people should do in case of an accident at the Astravyets nuclear power plant in...

MP's party membership suspended due to internal violations

The opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats on Tuesday decided to...

Parliament votes against stripping MP Grazulis of his legal immunity

The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday refused to allow prosecuting MP Petras Grazulis in the so-called...

Eight drunken British soldiers detained in resort of Palanga (1)

Eight drunken British soldiers were detained in the Lithuanian seaside resort of Palanga early on...