MP Bastys doesn't plan on giving up mandate

Mindaugas Bastys

Lithuanian MP Mindaugas Bastys has no plans of giving up his mandate after the Constitutional Court ruled he had violated his oath of office.

"No, I won't resign. I will leave it up to the Seimas to correct the mistake. Members of the Seimas will either dismiss it as a mistake or decide that it was not a mistake," he told journalists on Friday.

Earlier on Friday, the Constitutional Court ruled that Bastys breached his oath of office and committed a gross violation of the Constitution by concealing his ties with former KGB agent Piotr Voyeiko, the Constitutional Court ruled on Friday.

After the court's ruling, the parliament will decide on revoking his parliamentary immunity. It will need votes of at least three fifths of Lithuania's 141 parliament, i.e., 85 parliamentarians.

Bastys won his mandate in Zanavykų single-mandate constituency. If he gives up his mandate or has it revoked in impeachment, the constituency would hold new elections.

Source: BNS
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