Parliament of lithuania

Seimas
Type
Type Unicameral
Leadership
Speaker Loreta Graužinienė, Darbo partija
Since 3 October 2013
Structure
Seats 141
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Political groups      Social Democratic (38)
     Homeland Union (33)
     Labour (29)
     Order and Justice(11)
     Liberal Movement (10)
     Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania (8)
     The Way of Courage (7)
     Others (4)
Elections
Voting system Parallel voting with a 5% election threshold for proportional seats (7% for coalitions)
Last election 14 and 28 October 2012
Meeting place
Seimas Palace, Vilnius
Website

The Seimas of the Lithuanian Republic (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Respublikos Seimas), or simply the Seimas (pronounced [sæ̠iˑmɐs]), is the unicameral Lithuanian parliament. It has 141 members that are elected for a four-year term. About half of the members of this legislative body are elected in individual constituencies (71), and the other half (70) are elected by nationwide vote according to proportional representation. A party must receive at least 5%, and a multi-party union at least 7%, of the national vote to be represented in the Seimas.

Elections

The Seimas uses parallel voting, with elections for the 70 proportional seats and the 71 constituency seats held on separate days. The proportional seats are allocated by the Hare quota, with a 5% election threshold (or 7% for electoral alliances) to gain list seats.

Latest election

Seimas Palace

Seimas Palace (Lithuanian: Seimo Rūmai) was designed by architects Algimantas Nasvytis, his brother Vytautas Nasvytis, and Robertas Stasėnas.[1]

Plenary Sittings

In the Seimas there are four plenary sitting a week - two on Tuesday and two on Thursday, which are represented by the speaker of the Seimas or his deputy. As a rule, all sittings of the Seimas are open.

Members (since 1990)

  • List of members of the Parliament of Lithuania, 1990–1992
  • List of members of the Parliament of Lithuania, 1992–1996
  • List of members of the Parliament of Lithuania, 1996–2000
  • List of members of the Parliament of Lithuania, 2000–2004
  • List of members of the Parliament of Lithuania, 2004–2008
  • List of members of the Parliament of Lithuania, 2008–2012
  • List of members of the Parliament of Lithuania (current)

See also

Notes and references

External links

  • (Lithuanian) Seimas official website
  • History of Seimas