VILNIUS - Any crisis is a great opportunity to take a big step forward, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Thursday as he marked the centenary of the Constituent Seimas, or Constituent Assembly.
"As we search for preconditions for a new qualitative leap forward of the state, we can and must draw inspiration from the members of the Constituent Seimas. Instead of wallowing in disagreements, let's look for solutions that Lithuania needs," Nauseda said at a special sitting held in the Seimas on the occasion.
"In moments of uncertainty and doubt, let's rely more often rely on stories of how a new, qualitatively more advanced order was molded out of the chaos of the First World War and independence fights," he said. "Let it be a reminder to us that any crisis is a great opportunity to take a big step forward."
In his speech, the president also said that "a hundred years ago, committing to democracy meant taking a bold position", and noted an active involvement of women and national minorities in the work of the assembly.
The Constituent Seimas was democratically elected on April 14-15, 1920. During its first sitting in Kaunas on May 15, 1920, the Constituent Seimas proclaimed Lithuania a democratic republic, based on the Independence Act of February 16, 1918.
The assembly adopted the Constitution in August 1922 and resigned later that year.