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    Volunteer soldiers should be banned from politics, Lithuanian DefMin, army say

    VILNIUS, Feb 06, BNS – Volunteer soldiers should be banned from holding political offices, Lithuania's minister of national defense and the army leadership said on Wednesday.

    During a parliamentary discussion, Major General Vitalijus Vaiksnoras, chief of the Defense Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, said persons elected to municipal councils should suspend their service within the volunteer forces.

    "The chief of defense is of a position that in fact all volunteers could stand for election but after being elected (…) they should suspend their service with the National Defense Volunteer Forces," Vaiksnoras told the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense.

    Such a discussion was initiated by the Central Electoral Commission after it received a clarification from army lawyers that volunteer service is considered equal to real military service. And under the Lithuanian Constitution, persons performing real military service cannot stand for election in local elections.

    The CNSD on Wednesday decided to turn to the government for it to put forwards bills to more clearly define the status of volunteer soldiers and their possibilities to be politicians.

    By Saulius Jakucionis

    Vilnius newsroom,, +370 5 239 64 16

    • Published: 06.02.2019 13:34
    • LETA, BNS
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