The Lithuanian parliament has paused from wrestling with the country's economic woes to ban mobile phones and short skirts from its buildings.
The new regulation means that any MP with a mobile phone will have to turn it off, and people will only be admitted if they are wearing austere clothes, according to the online version of Russian newspaper Pravda.
The ruling has come about because some MPs felt that the "prestige" of the Seym (the Lithuanian parliament) was being threatened by a light-hearted atmosphere of mobile phones and casual dress.
"Everything people do in the parliament building can't disgrace the prestige of the Seym or disturb the silence in the session rooms," said one of the authors of the new regulation. "Seym is not a beach; no mini-skirts or shorts are allowed here."
But as Pravda pointed out, the measures may seem a little optimistic. A Lithuanian journalist once brought a handgun into the Seym to see if it was possible.
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