Posts published in Day: January 5, 2019

Latvian president postpones nomination of PM candidate

Saturday, January 5, 2019

President Raimonds Vejonis has postponed the nomination of a prime minister candidate to possibly January 7, when he will have a meeting with the potential PM candidate Krisjanis Karins (New Unity), party representatives said after a meeting with the president today. Karins has been consulting with political parties for the past several weeks on the formation of a government under his leadership. He currently has the support of 50 MPs,…

Lithuania mulls immediate ban of television programs threating national security

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania (LRTK), the country’s broadcasting regulatory body, initiated law amendments aimed at immediate cancelling of TV programs if they pose threat to national security, local media reported. “As we will have three elections this year and a referendum, LRTK proposed to have a safeguard and react immediately in cases if somebody would try to interfere the elections or the referendum,” Mantas Martišius, head of…

Lithuanian authorities don’t object to gay marriage serving as basis for residence permit

Saturday, January 5, 2019

A lawmaker and the Migration Department’s director say they agree that same-sex marriages registered abroad can serve as a basis for foreign spouses to reside lawfully in Lithuania, but underline that this would not grant them any other rights. Valerijus Simulikas, chairman of the parliament’s Committee on Human Rights, and Evelina Gudzinskaite, the department’s director, stated the position before the Constitutional Court on Thursday. “The right to live in the country does not, in itself, grant…