Parliamentary majority makes special statement
Davit Saganelidze, the leader of the parliamentary majority and the chairpersons of the factions from the majority have presented a special statement regarding the draft of constitutional amendments, which will be presented to parliament for vote this week.
Saganelidze said the draft referred to the package of amendments to the constitution of Georgia, which limits the rights of the president to dismiss the government elected by democratic elections unilaterally.
Saganelidze said the project was under discussion at the parliament since last December.
Saganelidze said that using current norms of legislation, president was tempted and was preparing yet another adventure on international stage to get rid of the government.
Saganelidze, who read the statement at the briefing today, said that even if the majority fails to get the necessary number of votes that is sufficient for adopting the amendments, the goal will be reached anyway - the democratic world will see that we are dealing with a dictatorial regime of Saakashvili. Majority says by voting for or against the amendments, every single MP including those from the minority should express their attitude and should not sacrifice their future to the dictatorship fit only on one person.
The majority leader quoted the negative assessment made by the Venice Commission in 2004 regarding the amendments made to the constitution then. Sagenelidze said the president of the Venice Commission indicated to this point of the constitution during his recent visit to Georgia, on January 31, 2013, when he said that there are a number of amendments that cannot be postponed and which should be adopted immediately to provide stable work of the government and the parliament.
`This point of the constitution remained out of the view of the democratic world for nine years as Saakashvili succeeded to mislead everybody, anyway, only the draft amendments initiated by this parliament have made it clear what and who we are dealing with,` Saganelidze said.