President urges MPs to work together, sees no chance for early election

Dalia Grybauskaitė
DELFI / Domantas Pipas

Mindaugas Lingė told Žinių Radijas that the president favored “dialog and political stability in the country”.

The presidential adviser spoke several hours before the start of the parliament’s plenary session in which the opposition’s proposal to hold an early general election on Jun. 3 is expected to be tabled.

Lingė noted that at least 85 votes were needed to pass the motion, which is impossible without support from the ruling majority.

“We can see that all this situation requires trying to work together and focus on work,” the adviser said.

“It is up to the Seimas to decide, but the president does not see this as a realistic option, given the political balance”, he added.

The adviser noted that all previous attempts to initiate an early election, except for that in 1992, had fallen through.

The opposition called for an early election after the parliament failed to garner enough votes in a secret ballot last week strip Mindaugas Bastys of his mandate despite the Constitutional Court‘s ruling that the lawmaker had grossly violated the Constitution and breached the oath by concealing his ties with a former KGB agent.

The ruling and opposition parties blamed each other for the failed impeachment vote.

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