Lithuanian parliament convenes for extraordinary session

DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

Having initiated the extraordinary parliamentary session, the parliamentary opposition plans to submit a draft resolution on initiating an impeachment process against Gapšys and also turning to the Constitutional Court for a conclusion as to whether Gapšys can continue serving as an MP after his conviction.

In early February, the Court of Appeals acquitted Gapšys of fraud but upheld a guilty sentence for fraudulent bookkeeping.

A conviction against a member of parliament can be a reason for impeachment. However, the Labour Party insists that Gapšys cannot be impeached because his offence was committed before he became an MP.

The opposition also wants to use the extraordinary session to look into the finances of the Labour Party and allegedly “corrupt processes” in the healthcare system that led to the resignation of Health Minister Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė.

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