Paulauskas: little chance of direct mayor elections

  • 2006-02-22
VILNIUS 's Parliamentary Chairman Arturas Paulauskas has stated that a campaign to collect votes to install direct mayoral elections would fail.

"Assent of not only the ruling majority but also of the entire Parliament is needed in order to pass Constitutional amendments. Ninety-four votes are needed," Paulauskas said in an interview to the Ziniu Radijas radio on Wednesday.

Lithuania's Parliament has 140 seats.

Currently mayor in all three Baltic states are elected by city councils.

The Labor Party, one of the coalition partners, also wants to change the mayor's status so that the latter would be accountable to the council.

The Labor Party is currently the most popular in Lithuania and could gain the most from a system of directly elected mayors.