About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
Bill Allowing Ten Politicians to Regain MP Seats Endorsed
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 11 Sep.'09 / 17:06

Parliament approved on September 11 with its first reading a constitutional amendment allowing ten opposition politicians to retake their parliamentary seats.
Last June total of twelve opposition politicians renounced their MP mandates in protest against ballot fraud, which they said took place in the May 21, 2008 parliamentary elections.

The measures would apply to only those ten politicians who were elected in the Parliament through party-list, proportional vote; two other politicians - Davit Gamkrelidze and Davit Saganelidze, both from the New Rights Party, will not be eligible as they won their majoritarian MP seats in single-mandate constituencies, which have already been filled after the two politicians renounced their mandates.

According to the constitutional amendment, those ten opposition politicians, to whom the measures would apply, can retake their MP credentials before January 1, 2010.

Ten opposition politicians, who will become eligible for the measure after the proposal is approved with its second and third readings, are as follows: Levan Gachechiladze, an individual opposition politician; Zviad Dzidziguri, Conservative Party leader; Koba Davitashvili, leader of Party of People; Eka Beselia of the Movement for United Georgia; Gubaz Sanikidze of the National Forum; Giorgi Khaindrava, an individual opposition figure; Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, leader of Party of Freedom and three politicians from the New Rights Party - Pikria Chikhradze, Mamuka Katsitadze and Irakli Iashvili.

None of them expressed willingness to retake their MP mandates. The Georgian media sources, however, recently reported that Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, the leader of Freedom Party, might agree. Gamsakhurdia, who is son of Georgia’s late President Zviad Gamsakhurdia, however, has not spoken publicly yet on the matter.

MP Pavle Kublashvili of the ruling National Movement Party said this initiative by the President was “a political decision” aimed at giving the opposition more political levers. He also said that this amendment should not set a precedent and such a measure should not reoccur in the future.

President Saakashvili first offered these opposition politicians to retake their seats in June, but they turned down the proposal. Saakashvili reiterated proposal again on July 20 during his address to the Parliament.

Lawmakers from the parliamentary minority said that although they were not against of giving an opportunity to opposition politicians retake their MP credential, but in general it was unacceptable for them to adjust the constitution to political goals.

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 © 2001-2022, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.