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Published: 16 april 2013 14:00

Lithuanian parliament backs dual citizenship referendum proposal

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Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Seimo posėdis

The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday gave its initial backing to a proposal to hold a referendum on dual citizenship alongside presidential elections in 2014.

The proposals was voted 74-1, with 20 abstentions. The proposal will now go to parliamentary committee for further considerations.

The proposal was registered by Artūras Paulauskas of the Labor Party and was backed by 36 members of the ruling coalition.

The Constitution of Lithuania says that "with the exception of individual cases provided for by law, no one may be a citizen of both the Republic of Lithuania and another state at the same time." Such an article is part of Chapter 1 which can be amended by referendum only and more than a half of voters have to vote in favor.

Under the existing Law on Citizenship, dual citizenship is allowed to those who fled Lithuania before it regained independence in 1990. Those who have dual citizenship from birth have to pick one of the two citizenships after turning 18.

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