Lawmakers discuss draft of constitutional amendments
The spring session of the parliament of Georgia was opened with the debates on the draft of constitutional amendments, which aims at reducing the authorities of the president in the process of dismissing or appointing the government and the parliament.
Majority says the amendments are to be adopted as the current form of this part of the constitution is a legalized dictatorship, while the minority says this part of the constitution, which determines the rights and the authorities to the president of Georgia, will be automatically changed in October, when the president`s term expires
The debates grew into counter-allegations between the majority and the minority MPs.
United National Movement, which found itself in the opposition after many years of being in the majority accused the new government of staffing official structures with their relatives, colleagues, close friends and etc. The counter-allegations were voiced by the majority too.
The first part of the session was dedicated to the statements regarding the procedures of the debates, while after the break, the lawmakers are mulling over the reasonability of the constitutional initiative proposed by the majority.
A serious dispute was caused between the minority and majority MPs, after member of the National Movement faction Londaridze accused prime minister and the majority leader of pressure on him and his family. The statement of the MP irritated majority lawmakers.
`I do not support constitutional amendments, because Bidzina Ivanishvili personally threatened me from television. He threatened my future, my children, and my wife. I put on the military uniform at the age of 14 and spent 20 years in the armed forces; I was in Abkhazia in 2004, I fought in 2008 and now, Davit Saganelidze should not be teaching me how to behave in order to look into the eyes of my children. You`d better wash your mouth,` Londaridze addressed the majority MPs and underlined that the prosecutor`s office decided to interrogate him right after he joined the process of constitutional amendments as the member of the commission.