About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Saakashvili: GD-Proposed Constitutional Amendment 'Not an Issue at All'
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 26 Feb.'13 / 23:58

Georgian Dream-proposed constitutional amendment on limiting presidential powers in respect of appointing new government without Parliament’s approval “is not an issue at all”, President Saakashvili said on February 26.

Speaking at a news conference he said that it was “an artificial issue”, put forth by the Georgian Dream with a purpose of diverting public attention from its failure to deliver on its pre-election promises.  

In an open letter on February 26 PM Ivanishvili called on President Saakashvili to give his “clear-cut” response on GD-proposed constitutional amendment in next two or three days. “State clearly and unambiguously within the next 2-3 days whether you reject or not constitutional dictatorship and whether you support or not to ban replacing government without Parliament’s approval,” PM Ivanishvili said in his open letter.

Saakashvili said that describing this constitutional clause, which allows the President to sack the government and appoint new one without Parliament’s approval, as “constitutional dictatorship” was “foolishness”.

Saakashvili then recalled events of November, 2007 and said that after his government broke up opposition’s street protest rallies and shut down opposition TV channel, he resigned and called early presidential elections.

“What does this fact show? Am I a dictator?” he said and also added that he conceded defeat in last year’s parliamentary elections and handed over government to Georgian Dream coalition.

He again reiterated that he was not intending to make use of this constitutional clause, which allows him to sack the government and appoint new one without Parliament’s approval.

“No, I am not going to do anything; that’s not an issue at all,” Saakashvili said.

Saakashvili said that he was ready to continue dialogue with the Georgian Dream coalition and personally with PM Ivanishvili, adding that there were multiple issues on which talks were required, including on foreign policy issues.

“We are ready to continue dialogue. What we want is to have [a proper political] climate in general,” Saakashvili said, adding that what mattered was the overall “climate” not what was written on the paper.

Saakashvili said that he had not exercised “even fourth of those powers” which were written in the constitution, because there were many other limitations “set by life.”

“It is possible to agree on the constitution as well, that’s not the top issue,” Saakashvili said and added that constitutional amendment should be passed by the Parliament unanimously as a result of agreement between the GD and UNM and “not through twisting parliamentarians’ arms”.

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.
49