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Published: 16 july 2019 15:27

The Seimas statute jungle or how the cabinet can receive authorisation anew

Vytautas Sinkevičius
Vidmanto Balkūno / 15min nuotr. / Vytautas Sinkevičius

While no one knows yet, what cabinet composition will be signed off on by the new Lithuanian president, there are a number of signs that compared to 2016, when it was first formed, more than half of the ministers will have changed.

If this were to happen, the cabinet will have to receive work authorisation from Seimas once again and failing to do so – it would have to resign. No one disputes this because it is enshrined in the Constitution’s Article 101, part 2. Interpretations emerge when discussions begin on how overall the cabinet can receive Seimas’ authorisation anew.

In order to answer this question, we must first outline, how the cabinet receives its authorisation for working in the first place, that is to say after the Seimas elections. According to the Constitution’s Article 92, part 5, “a new cabinet receives work authorisation when during a Seimas sitting, the majority of attending members of Seimas approve its programme.”

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