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Lithuanian mayors to be directly elected

2014 06 27. Lithuanian Seimas has adopted a long-delayed law on replacing the municipal election system. The mayors will now be directly elected by people together with the municipal councils.

Previously the people were electing only the municipal councils directly while these councils, in turn, were electing mayors.

The first direct mayor elections in all the 60 Lithuanian municipalities will take place in 2015.

However the powers of a mayor are to remain limited, likely halting his possibility to effectively promote his programme if the mayor and the council majority will represent different parties. A solution to this problem may require a constitutional reform that would change mayor position from a legislative into an executive one, establishing a system of "checks-and-balances".

Article written by Augustinas Žemaitis

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