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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Thursday did not sign into law a bill lowering the parliamentary election threshold to 3 percent for political parties and 5 percent for party coalitions.
Gitanas Nausėda
Gitanas Nausėda
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"The president has vetoed the Law on Seimas Elections and is sending it back for deliberation," Antanas Manstavicius, a presidential advisor, told BNS.

Currently, political parties need to receive at least 5 percent of the national vote in the multi-member constituency to get seats in the parliament and coalitions have to clear a 7 percent threshold.

The president earlier backed a 4 percent threshold for parties and 6 percent for party coalitions.

The Seimas passed the new law on December 10, mostly by votes of the ruling coalition parties.

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