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Two Commissions Discuss in Tbilisi Changes to Constitution

  • Thursday, January 10, 13:46

Tbilisi The first joint sitting of two commissions on nation-wide discussion of the amendments to the Constitution of Georgia is being held in Tbilisi House of Justice on Wednesday, January 9.

               Both commissions, comprising representatives of the legislative body and a civil sector,  were formed after the parliamentary elections on October 1, 2012, as a result of which the Georgian Dream coalition became a ruling force.     

               The commissions  on nation-wide discussion of changes to the Constitution of Georgia consider two packets of amendments. One of them concerns location  of the Georgian parliament. During many years the legislative body held its sittings in Tbilisi, but in autumn of the last year it was transferred to Kutaisi in accordance with the amendments, passed in spring 2012. Now the initiative of cancellation of the last decision is discussed.      

The second packet of constitutional amendments concerns powers of President of Georgia. The packet envisages provision of President with a right to dissolve the parliament at any time, including  during six months after parliamentary elections and half a year before presidential powers expire that is prohibited by the acting version of the Constitution. At the same time, pursuant  proposed changes, President will have no right to dismiss the government of the country without the parliament's consent and maintain the Cabinet of Ministers, appointed by him (for indefinite period of time), if it is not approved by the parliament.

According to the legislation, the commissions should consider both packets of amendments together with representatives of the public, the non-governmental sector of the  country, international organizations within a month and after it submit both bills to the legislative body of the country. Two third of the parliament's nominal list are required to approve the amendments to the Constitution.

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