Lithuania ruling parties move to lower yes-vote threshold for dual citizenship referendum
The leaders of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS) and its junior government coalition partner, the Lithuanian Social Democratic Labor Party (LSDDP), propose to lower the yes-vote threshold for a dual citizenship referendum.
They are tabling amendments to the Referendum Law to scrap the requirement for more than half of all citizens having the right of vote to say "yes" in a referendum to amend Chapter 1 of the Constitution.
It is proposed that the same requirement should apply to all binding referendums: a proposal would be deemed as approved if more than half of voters who turned out, but at least one-third of all citizens with the right to vote, voted in favor.
The only exception that would remain in place would be the requirement for least three-fourths of all citizens with the right to vote to say "yes" to amending Article 1 of the Constitution that reads, "The State of Lithuania shall be an independent democratic republic".
Currently, people who left Lithuania after it regained independence in 1990 cannot hold dual citizenship, apart from a few exceptions. That provision can only be amended by referendum.
Lithuania's officials say that a dual citizen referendum could be held in tandem with next year's presidential election.