Seimas speaker certain Pūkas will lose his MP mandate

Kęstutis Pūkas

Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis and leaders of many parliamentary groups say they believe the mandate of MP Kęstutis Pūkas will be revoked after the Constitutional Court ruled he violated his oath by sexually harassing women during job interviews.

"The Constitutional Court clearly stated that he violated the Constitution and breached his oath of office. Later in the afternoon, we will announce the conclusion and will submit it for the Jan. 12 session. I believe that the parliament will revoke the mandate, we could check, there were clear messages that the immunity would be revoked," Pranckietis told journalists at the parliament on Tuesday.

Ramūnas Karbauskis, the leader of the parliament's largest Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union group, said that the group would vote "unanimously."

"There will be no unanimous decision (on the vote) but I think we will vote unanimously, we simply have no doubts in terms of values. We will not make this a subject of discussions, this would humiliate MPs. I have no doubts we will vote unanimously," Karbauskis told BNS.

Gabrielius Landsbergis, elder of the opposition Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (conservatives), said the group would not discuss a position on Pūkas' mandate but would vote in support of his removal from the parliament.

"I believe every member of the parliament had enough time to form an opinion on the situation. I do not think the group would need to pass a binding decision. I believe that the colleagues in the political group have a similar opinion, we will support the impeachment," Landsbergis told journalists.

A bid to revoke an MP mandate requires votes of at least 85 parliamentarians in Lithuania's 141-member parliament.

Source: BNS
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