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Lithuanian parliament to amend constitution allowing Rolandas Paksas' comeback

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Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr. / Rolandas Paksas
Šaltinis: BNS

The Lithuanian Seimas' Committee on Legal Affairs will try to initiate the procedure to amend the country's Constitution which would allow MEP and leader of the Order and Justice Party, Rolandas Paksas, to run for parliament.

"A meeting will take place the results of which I don't know. The Committee will just have to decide on further processes, the amending of the Constitution, to be precise," the Lietuvos Rytas daily cites Julius Sabatauskas, chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs.

On 11 September, Lithuania's Constitutional Court ruled that a law adopted by the Seimas last spring - which reduced the period of barring impeached officials from taking public office thus allowing Paksas to run for parliament - runs counter to the country's Constitution. The court emphasized the need to change the country's main law to allow Paksas to run for parliament. At least 94 lawmakers have to vote in favor of constitutional amendments.

The Lithuanian election law was amended in response to the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in January saying that the life-time ban for Paksas to run for parliament was disproportionate.

But on the eve of the recent general elections, the Constitutional Court of Lithuania ruled that the election law amendments were not enough and that the Constitution needed amending as well.

Former president Paksas was impeached and removed from office by the Seimas in April 2004 for a breach of oath and gross violation of the Constitution. Among charges levied against him was granting Lithuanian citizenship to his key sponsor Yuri Borisov.

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