Bastys giving up MP mandate

Mindaugas Bastys

Mindaugas Bastys on Wednesday announced plans of giving up his MP mandate after surviving an impeachment on Tuesday.

"The opposition aims to turn the Seimas into a circus and paralyze its operations. I do not want to be the reason for worse political performance and accumulation of political capital by the opposition. Therefore, I made the only correct decision I could in this situation – I am leaving the parliament with honor," Bastys told a news conference.

He took the decision after an initiative announced at the parliament to take a repeated vote on revocation of his mandate.

In a secret ballot on Tuesday, 72 of Lithuania's 141 lawmakers voted in support or revoking Bastys' mandate, while 21 were against and 24 abstained. Removal of a mandate requires at least 85 votes.

The Constitutional Court has ruled that the lawmaker grossly violated the Constitution and breached the oath by concealing his ties with Piotr Voyeiko, a former KGB agent.

Source: BNS
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