About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
Parliamentary Minority Groups Offer Proposal to ‘Defuse Tension’
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 31 Mar.'09 / 16:08

Two separate factions within the parliamentary minority group put forth on March 30 and March 31 two separate proposals on how they thought the current political tension could be defused.

On March 30 the Christian-Democratic Movement (CDM), which is the largest party in the parliamentary minority group, called for setting up of an all-inclusive commission that would prepare comprehensive constitutional changes aimed at reforming the current presidential system of governance. MP Giorgi Targamadze, the leader of CDM and the parliamentary minority, met with a group of Tbilisi-based western diplomats on March 30 and informed them about the proposal. CDM said in a statement that the mediation, including the international one, was required to defuse tensions.

It also said that the street protest rallies planned to be launched from April 9 by a group of opposition parties to demand President Saakashvili resignation, posed number of threats, which might hinder the country’s democratic development for next several years.

“We consider these threats to be: lack of proper control and management of radically disposed groups by the organizers of the rally; increase of protest temperature through radical rhetoric by the rally organizers, which itself can result into turning of organizers in ‘moral hostage’ aggressively disposed groups; deliberately provoking confrontation by the authorities in order to then create a legal pretext for use of force; provoking tension through use of the Russian factor – triggering escalation in the areas adjacent to the conflict territories,” the statement by CDM reads.

The proposal by the CDM to launch a dialogue on switching from the presidential system to the parliamentary one has been declined by the opposition parties, which are planning rallies from April 9. One politician from that group, Eka Beselia of the Movement for United Georgia, said in the current situation the proposal was “a rescue belt” for President Saakashvili.

Meanwhile, on March 31, MP Gia Tsagareishvili of the Democratic Party of Georgia, which is part of the parliamentary minority group, called on March 31 to hold a referendum to ask voters: ‘Do you agree or not to hold presidential elections no later than January 1, 2010.’ He said that he started collection of lawmakers’ signatures to initiate the required legal procedures for that purpose. Signatures of at least 30 lawmakers are required to initiate the process. Then the parliament has to endorse the proposal with the majority vote. If failed, the same issue can not be raised again for the vote for next six months.

Late in April the opposition Alliance for Georgia, involving the Republican Party, New Rights Party and Irakli Alasania’s political team, called on the authorities to agree on holding of the referendum on the matter before March 5. The proposal was rejected. The proposal was also criticized by some opposition parties as well as those planning to launch protest rallies from April 9 say that no fair election can be held under Saakashvili’s presidency. The Alliance for Georgia has joined the group of opposition parties organizing the street protest rallies last week.

Latest News
01 May.'18 10:55
We Have Moved to a New Platform
Direct Your Bookmarks to https://civil.ge.
29 Apr.'18 03:54
Ruling Party Candidate Wins MP By-Elections
Givi Chichinadze will represent Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of Georgia.
28 Apr.'18 09:40
Polls Open for Vani and Khoni MP By-Elections
48,123 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency.
27 Apr.'18 17:23
State Dept’s Europe Affairs Point Man to Visit Tbilisi
Wess Mitchell will meet senior government officials and address the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum.
27 Apr.'18 13:45
In Quotes: Georgian Politicians on Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Comeback
Bidzina Ivanishvili will be approved as the Georgian Dream party chairman at the upcoming convention.
26 Apr.'18 18:15
SG Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia NATO’s ‘Very Close’ Partner
The NATO Secretary General says Foreign Ministers meeting tomorrow will recognize the country’s progress.
26 Apr.'18 14:24
Ex-PM Ivanishvili to Chair Georgian Dream Party
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Ivanishvili was ‘best equipped’ to add new dynamism to the party.
26 Apr.'18 11:12
Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Liability for ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’
The parliamentary human rights committee decided to set up a working group for scrutinizing the draft law.
25 Apr.'18 17:21
New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed
Gennady Gagulia has served as the Abkhaz “prime minister” twice - in 1995-1997, and 2002-2003.
25 Apr.'18 14:43
Watchdog Improves Georgia’s Press Freedom Ranking
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.