Agne Širinskienė, an MP in the ruling coalition, has proposed removing the parliament speaker from the existing definition of state leadership, which would remove the position from mandatory VIP protection.
“The speaker of the Seimas could be protected just like any other MP without establishing a separate legal status for him, [while] taking into consideration possible threats to his security, if such are identified,” said Širinskienė, MP from the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union and chair of the parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs.
The existing version of the law states that state leadership includes the president, speaker of the Seimas, and the prime minister. They are protected by officers from the VIP Protection Department.
The new version of the law is now being considered by the parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs. The ruling coalition has twice unsuccessfully tried to have Seimas’ Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis dismissed. Pranckietis has refused to step down after a new ruling coalition was formed last summer and his position was handed over to the Social Democratic Labor Party of Lithuania.