Karbauskis urges Zemaitaitis to step down as parliament vice-speaker

Ramunas Karbauskis, the leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, says Remigijus Zemaitaitis, the Order and Justice Party's leader, betrayed the ruling bloc when he backed on Tuesday an initiative to call an emergency plenary sitting to vote on Viktoras Pranckietis' removal as the speaker of the Seimas.

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Lithuania prepares for 'spy swap' with Russia

Lithuania and Russia have agreed on an exchange of people convicted of espionage, well-informed sources have confirmed to BNS.

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Parliament speaker's removal vote fails

A vote on the removal of Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis failed on Tuesday after only a few MPs attended.

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Parliament board to hold emergency meeting on speaker's removal

The Board of the Lithuanian Seimas is set to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the removal of Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis.

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Over 50 MPs voice no-confidence in Seimas speaker

Fifty-three Lithuanian MPs have signed a document expressing no-confidence in Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, and calling for his removal from office.

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Lithuania drops to 23rd place on EU's Gender Equality Index

Lithuania fell to number 23 among the EU's 28 member states in the latest ranking by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), down from 19th place two years ago.

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Karbauskis delegated to Seimas leadership

The ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union has decided to delegate Ramunas Karbauskis, its chairman, to the Seimas leadership, but is not clear yet if he will seek the speaker's chair or that of vice-speaker.

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Polish citizens in Lithuania backed opposition in election in Poland

Almost 1,000 Polish citizens cast their votes in the Polish parliament election in Lithuania on Sunday and the majority of them voted for opposition representatives, the Polish Embassy told BNS Lithuania on Monday.

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Government to hold meeting on whether to establish Ethnic Minority Council

Lithuania's government is set to hold a meeting on Monday to discuss the need to establish an Ethnic Minority Council.

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Grenade neutralized on Nida beach

A dangerous grenade was found on the beach in Lithuania's western resort town of Nida on Wednesday night.

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Social insurance budget planned with EUR 326 mln surplus

The Lithuanian state social insurance fund Sodra's draft budget for 2020 targets a surplus of 326.17 million euros, with revenue projected at 4.841 billion euros and expenditure at 4.515 billion euros.

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Juozaitis may lead new party created by Order and Justice members

An Order and Justice leader expects philosopher Arvydas Juozaitis, one of the candidates in last May's presidential election, to lead a new political party that is being established in Lithuania.

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Landsbergis on dialog with Minsk: we want to please someone who put boots on our table

Lithuania's first post-independence leader Vytautas Landsbergis raises the question of whether Vilnius is making enough efforts to fend off the threat posed by Belarus' almost-completed Astravyets nuclear power plant close to the border.

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Karoblis: Turkey's operation in Syria complicates Lithuanian troop deployment situation

Turkey's ongoing military operation in Syria complicates the situation as Lithuania is considering possible deployment of its troops to Syria, Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis says.

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LGBT activists slam Skvernelis' initiative to award Kaczynski

Lithuanian and Polish sexual minority organizations on Thursday slammed Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis' initiative to nominate Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's conservative Law and Justice party, for a top Lithuanian state award, the Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great.

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Committee wants politicians to declare meetings with lobbyists

A Lithuanian parliamentary committee has proposed waiving the requirement for politicians to declare meetings with lobbyists.

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Linkevicius: Lithuania would agree to Brexit extension

Lithuania would be likely agree to another Brexit extension if requested by the United Kingdom, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said on Wednesday.

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Defence Minister informs parliament body of possible deployment of troops to Syria

Lithuania's Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis introduced the Board of the Seimas on Wednesday to possible deployment of troops to Syria, three sources told BNS Lithuania.

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Nauseda calls meeting of State Defense Council over undisclosed matters

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is on Wednesday calling a meeting of the country's State Defense Council. But the matters to be discussed at the meeting are not disclosed.

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Tibet representative asks parliament for mediation with China

A member of the Tibetan parliament in exile has asked members of the Lithuanian Seimas to act as mediators in pursuit of dialogue between the Tibetans and China.

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