The Lithuanian Parliament has announced a referendum on dual citizenship

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The Lithuanian Parliament has announced a referendum on dual citizenship

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The Lithuanian Parliament decided that the referendum on the extension of dual citizenship Institute will be held in may next year, simultaneously with the presidential election.

For this decision voted 66 deputies and four abstained, writes Delfi.

According to the decree on the mandatory referendum will vote to amend the text of article 12 of the Constitution.

According to the decree on the mandatory referendum will be a vote to amend the following text of article 12 of the Constitution: “Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania is acquired by birth or on other grounds stipulated by the constitutional law. Citizen of the Republic of Lithuania by birth, who has acquired the citizenship of the state, eligible to be elected Lithuania’s European and transatlantic integration, does not lose citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania. In other cases, a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania may not be simultaneously a citizen of another state, except as provided by constitutional law. The procedure for the acquisition and deprivation of citizenship establishes a constitutional law.”

The criteria of European and transatlantic integration will be established in the constitutional Law on citizenship. A referendum on the extension of dual citizenship Institute will be held on 12 and 26 may next year, when the first and second round of presidential elections. Because the Sejm adopted a resolution on the preparation of the referendum, planned to appeal to the constitutional court (CC) for conformity assessment of the referendum basic law of the country.

But on Thursday, the draft appeal was submitted to the Seimas. Representatives of the opposition and a former CC judge Vytautas Sinkevicius had expressed doubt due to the fact that the decision of the Sejm to hold a referendum within two days with a two-week break could violate the constitutional principle of equality. Because the persons who will vote on the second day of the referendum, will have more information on him than voted on the first day.

Now the Constitution provides that except in certain cases provided for by law no person may be simultaneously a citizen of Lithuania and of another state. This provision of the Constitution can only be changed by referendum. Amendments to the Constitution, if adopted by referendum, enters into force on 1 January 2020.

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