The Lithuanian parliament is likely to extend its fall session until January 12.
The Seimas
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"We will table a proposal to the Seimas to extend the session until January 12, when we will wrap up our agenda and will then proceed to the lighting of bonfires," Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the parliament, told BNS, commenting on the Seimas board's decision.

Bonfires are lit outside the parliament building on the eve of the Freedom Defenders' Day, when the country commemorates the Soviet military crackdown on pro-independence demonstrators in the early hours of January 13, 1991.

If the session were not extended, the parliament would have to hold sittings on Saturday, December 23, the day before Christmas Eve.

"Everybody wants to prepare for the holiday. (Some have) to travel a long way home. By extending the session, we'll have a normal working day on January 12 instead of a half-hearted one," the speaker said.

Under the Constitution, the parliament's fall session starts on September 10 and ends on December 23.

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