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2020.04.16 17:56

Lithuanian parliament to resume session

Milena Andrukaitytė, BNS2020.04.16 17:56

The Lithuanian parliament is to resume normal work after its session was adjourned due to the coronavirus.

Parliamentary sittings are planned for next and the following weeks, according to Seimas Deputy Speaker Rima Baškienė.

“The schedule has been confirmed with sittings planned on April 21 and 23, and further on the 28 and 30,” she told BNS, adding that the parliament will hold “intensive plenary sittings” throughout May and June.

Since mid-March when the Lithuanian government put the country under quarantine, the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, held only several sittings to adopt emergency legislation dealing with the epidemic.

On Wednesday, opposition leader Gabrielius Landsbergis asked the Board of the Seimas to resume regular parliament work.

According to him, not having a sitting parliament is a “bad tendency” and the legislature is “going through passive isolation”.

“Some restrictions of the Seimas' work is understandable due to the quarantine, but in the long term, they start to distort the legal foundations of running the state,” Landsbergis said.