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Early general election bill to be put on agenda in April

Irena Degutienė
Tomo Lukšio/BFL nuotr. / Irena Degutienė
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Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Irena Degutienė plans to put a bill on early general elections on the agenda of plenary sittings scheduled for 10 April.

During the presentation of the next week's agenda, MP Žilvinas Šilgalis asked when a bill on early parliamentary elections is planned. Degutienė said: "We can put it on 10 April."

The speaker was the first to mention the idea of holding early general elections after President Dalia Grybauskaitė refused to dismiss the then Minister of Interior Affairs Raimundas Palaitis. Degutienė then said that it would be difficult for the parliament to continue working under those conditions.

Soon afterwards, MPs Šilgalis and Agnė Zuokienė registered a bill on bringing general elections forward to 3 June, instead of October.

Later, when Palaitis resigned, Degutienė said early general elections might not be needed if the coalition solved all disagreements.

According to the Lithuanian Constitution, early general elections can be called if 3/5 of the 141-seat Parliament - or 85 MPs - vote in favor of the proposal.

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