Posts tagged as speaker

MP proposes downgrading Seimas’ speaker position

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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…

Russian delegation walks out during Lithuanian parliament speaker’s address in Strasbourg

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Vyacheslav Volodin, the chairman of Russia’s State Duma, and the majority of the country’s delegation left the conference room in Strasbourg on Thursday when the Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas, Viktoras Pranckietis, delivered a speech on sanctions for countries that violate human rights. “Part of the Russian delegation stood up and left the room” when Pranckietis mentioned human rights violations and Russia’s occupation of Crimea, Gintarė Žukautė, the head of…

Move to sack Seimas speaker fails in blow to ruling party leader

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A vote to remove the Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas, Viktoras Pranckietis, failed when only a few MPs showed up for it on Tuesday night. Eleven out of 141 lawmakers took part in a secret ballot and three voted in favour of dismissing Pranckietis, seven were against and one ballot paper was invalidated. At least 71 votes are needed to pass a no-confidence motion. The move is seen as a…

Lithuania’s ex-president calls pressure on parlt speaker ‘fiesta of petty-mindedness’

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Lithuania’s former President Dalia Grybauskaite describes the Farmers and Greens Union’s pressure on Viktoras Pranckietis to step down as the speaker of the Seimas as “a fiesta of political petty-mindedness”.  “Looking from outside, one can see elements of revenge for (a lack of) political loyalty,” Grybauskaite said in an interview aired by Lithuanian Radio on Wednesday. “There are not and will not be any concrete accusations against him; he is a decent person. Looking from…

UK parliamentary speaker warns prime minister to follow law

Friday, September 13, 2019

The speaker of Britain’s lower house of parliament has made it abundantly clear he is not going quietly into retirement. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow used a speech Thursday night to warn Prime Minister Boris Johnson to expect Parliament to take aggressive action to make sure its legislation designed to block a “no-deal” Brexit is respected. He says he will allow “procedural creativity” in making sure Johnson does not…

Lithuanian parlt speaker faces no-confidence vote after his party approves coalition deal

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, faces a no-confidence vote in the parliament to remove him from office after the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) has approved a new coalition agreement. In an open ballot vote on Monday evening, the LFGU council supported the agreement with 68 votes in favor, one against and seven abstentions, Ramunas Karbauskis, the party’s leader, told reporters in Kaunas. “We can say this…

Over 40 MPs propose narrowing down legal immunity

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis and over 40 lawmakers are proposing narrowing down the legal immunity of MPs, judges, prime minister and ministers. They have drafted constitutional amendments stating that a member of the Seimas, judge, minister and prime minister could be prosecuted without the Seimas or presidential consent, if they are suspected of having committed a less serious or serious crime. Currently, there’s no such an exception…

Ability to work together and negotiate is key to strong EU

Monday, July 1, 2019

The ability to work together and negotiate is the key to a strong European Union’s future, Latvian Saeima Speaker Inara Murniece (National Alliance) said in her speech at an event in Poland marking the 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin. As LETA was told at the Saeima press service, Murniece said that like the Hanseatic League and cooperation with northern neighbors, the Union of Lublin has promoted European integration.…

Lithuania’s EAPL-CFA will take part in talks on ruling coalition

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance will take part in the ongoing talks on a new ruling coalition, its leader said after the party’s council meeting in Vilnius on Friday. “It made the decision to officially start talks on a future coalition,” Tomasevski told journalists after the council meeting. “We agreed that program provisions are key and from that point we start to talk. If…

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas to discuss security issues at tripartite assembly in Ukraine

Friday, June 7, 2019

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis and his Ukrainian and Polish counterparts will open the 10th session of the tripartite parliamentary assembly in Ukraine on Friday. This year, the session’s participants will focus on expanding cooperation in the area of security and democracy, the Lithuanian Seimas’ press service said. Established in May, 2005 in the Ukrainian city of Lutsk, the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine will hold…