Minority complains about pressure on their MPs by majority
The lawmakers from the United National Movement, who are in minority after the October 1 parliamentary elections, accuse the majority MPs from Georgian Dream coalition of pressure and intimidation. The leaders of the majority held a special briefing today and spoke about the forms of the pressure on their colleagues. They say this method of pressure aims at winning over their MPs in order to gain constitutional majority in parliament. Chiora Taktakishvili of the UNM said the MPs from the UNM, who have their own businesses, are subjected to pressure in particular, as they are threatened to have problems in their business. The relatives of the MPs from UNM are also being intimidated. According to the UNM leaders, they are threatened to face criminal investigations. Majority leaders assert such undemocratic activities make it impossible to work constructively in parliament.
West Georgia`s District Prosecutor`s Office has arrested the secretary general of the United National movement Vano Merabishvili and the president`s representative to the Kakheti Region Zurab Chiaberashvili.
Prime Minister of Georgia has commented on the detention of UNM secretary general Vano Merabishvili and the president`s representative to the Kakheti Region Zurab Chiaberashvili by the West Georgia district prosecutor`s office. Bidzina Ivanishvili says no assertions should be made about the guilt of anybody until the court is held.
U.S. Department of State has made official assessment of the derail of May 17 LGBT rally in Tbilisi. Acting Deputy Spokesperson Patrick Ventrell answered the question of the journalist at a daily briefing yesterday.
MP from the United National Movement Chiora Taktakishvili walked out of the sitting of the Human Rights Committee of the parliament after the detention of the UNM secretary general Vano Merabishvili and the president`s representative to the Kakheti Region Zurab Chiaberashvili.
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Non-parliamentary opposition parties call on the government to provide unbiased investigation of the violence that took place on Rustaveli Avenue on May 17, where the rally of the LGBT supporters were derailed by the participants of the counter-demonstration.
Secretary General of the United National Movement of Georgia Vano Merabishvili and the president`s representative to the Kakheti Region, Zurab Chiaberashvili have been summoned to the office of the Imereti regional prosecutor`s office for interrogation.
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