aA
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis has pledged to seek ways to repeat the vote in the impeachment of MP Mindaugas Bastys that came a few votes short on Tuesday.
Seimas building
Seimas building
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

Updates throughout.

"We will do everything to repeat the vote. People are talking about failure to understand, people are saying there were nobody against, so they must have been misled or something. It seems there are problems," he said.

In an interview to Žinių Radijas news radio on Wednesday morning, Pranckietis said he would hold a meeting with heads of parliamentary groups later in the day.

Pranckietis said the vote on Bastys' mandate should be open, adding that the parliament's Statute does not stipulate clearly that ballots on revocation of MP mandates should be secret.

In a secret ballot on Tuesday, 72 of Lithuania's 141 lawmakers voted in support or revoking Bastys' mandate, while 21 were against and 24 abstained. Removal of a mandate requires at least 85 votes.

The Constitutional Court has ruled that the lawmaker grossly violated the Constitution and breached the oath by concealing his ties with Piotr Voyeiko, a former KGB agent.

Bastys denies having breached the Constitution, saying that he did not deliberately conceal anything and merely made a mistake in the security questionnaire.

Bastys faced impeachment over his ties with certain individuals named in intelligence materials, including Yevgeny Kostin, who is seen as a representative of Rosatom, Ernest Matskevich, a journalist of the Russian state channel RTR, Saturnas Dubininkas, who is said to be a former Kaunas mafia leader, and Vadim Pakhomov, a businessman suspected of illegal activity. The actions date back before November of 2016, the date of Bastys' latest oath as an MP.

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

5 new coronavirus cases

On Sunday, 5 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Lithuania. Overall, it adds to 1874 confirmed...

Polish voters in Vilnius support Trzaskowski by large margin

A large majority of Polish citizens who cast their votes in Vilnius in Poland 's presidential...

Skvernelis to lead Farmers and Greens' list in election

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will lead the Farmers and Greens Union 's candidate list...

Lithuania bans arrivals from Bulgaria, Romania

Lithuania has added Bulgaria and Romania to the list of countries from where travel is banned due...

Chief of Defense: Lithuania’s air defense has reached new level

Lithuania’s air defense has reached a new higher level following the delivery of the NASAMS...

Top news

Polish voters in Vilnius support Trzaskowski by large margin

A large majority of Polish citizens who cast their votes in Vilnius in Poland 's presidential...

President hopes for fair distribution of EU recovery fund

Increased financing for the European Union’s (EU) cohesion policy is one of the biggest expectations...

5 new coronavirus cases

On Sunday, 5 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Lithuania. Overall, it adds to 1874 confirmed...

Grand Courtyard of the Seimas opens to the public

From Monday, 13 July 2020, the Grand Courtyard of the Seimas will be opened to the public....

Skvernelis to lead Farmers and Greens' list in election

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will lead the Farmers and Greens Union 's candidate list...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina