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2020.11.13 10:06

Lithuania's new parliament to be sworn in, government to return powers

BNS2020.11.13 10:06

Lithuania's new lawmakers, elected in October, will hold their first sitting at noon on Friday, and the government of Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will return its powers.

Under the Statute of the Seimas, the first sitting is chaired by the eldest lawmaker and this time it will be Antanas Vinkus, 77. He will lead the parliament, Seimas, until its speaker is elected.

President Gitanas Nausėda and Vilnius Archbishop Gintaras Grušas will come to welcome new lawmakers.

During the first sitting, Laura Matjošaitytė, chair of the Central Electoral Commission (VRK), will announce the final Seimas election results and read out the list of elected Seimas members.

Later on, new lawmakers will be sworn in by Dainius Žalimas, president of the Constitutional Court.

Several lawmakers will not be able to take their oath as they are self-isolating or are ill with Covid-19.

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Then, the new parliament will elect its speaker, the speaker's deputies, and endorse the composition of the Board and the Conference of Chairs.

Under the new center-right coalition agreement, Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen leader of the Liberal Movement, will be nominated speaker of the Seimas.

The speaker is elected during a secret ballot by a simple majority.

In the October election, 81 Seimas members have been reelected, and Lithuania's 13th Seimas will also have 60 new members.

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There will be 38 women and 103 men in the parliament with an average age of 49 years. Some 99 percent of the future lawmakers have higher education, mainly in law or political sciences.

The new parliament will represent 10 parties, and the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) will have the biggest political group of 50.

After the new parliament is sworn in, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will return his government's powers to the president and will be ordered to continue working until a new government led by Ingrida Šimonytė is formed.

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