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Former Poker Pro Not Allowed To Run For Lithuanian Parliament

Even As A MEP, Tony G Can't Be A Lawmaker In Lithuania

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One-time poker pro Antanas “Tony G” Guoga, who was elected last year to represent Lithuania in the European Parliament, isn’t having things go his way in his recent bid for a seat in Lithuania’s government.

According to a report from the Lithuania Tribune, Guoga can’t run for Lithuania’s Seimas because he also has Australian citizenship. In order to be registered for Seimas elections, candidates must submit proof that they have given up all other citizenships.

Guoga, who has racked up $3,648,645 in lifetime tournament earnings, is unhappy about the situation.

“We will not build a greater Lithuania and we will not bring Lithuanians back from around the world if we don’t adapt our legal system to today’s realities,” Guoga said. “Dual citizenship is no obstacle to representing Lithuania in the European Parliament…to being a minister or even prime minister. Why should it be an obstacle to being a member of the Seimas?”

Born in Lithuania, Guoga moved to Melbourne, Australia at the age of 11.

 
 
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