Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept. 3 /Trend, N. Kirtzkhalia/
Georgia's Central Election Commission (CEC) refused to register the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, citizen of France and Georgia Salome Zourabichvili as a presidential candidate.
This decision was made at a meeting of the CEC on Tuesday.
The CEC said that, it referred to the 11th paragraph of the 29th article of the Georgian Constitution, which says that the post of President, Prime Minister, and Speaker of Parliament cannot be held by a Georgian citizen who has a dual citizenship.
Zourabichvili intends to appeal the decision in court. She told reporters that tomorrow she will file a lawsuit.
Her interests in the court will be defended by an authoritative non-governmental organization The Young Georgian Lawyers' Association (YGLA).
The YGLA said that the CEC's decision is invalid because the Constitution prohibits citizens with dual citizenship from holding the post of president, but not from participating in the presidential election.
"After being elected, Zourabichvili may waive her second citizenship and take the post of president in accordance with the law," the organization said.
The Presidential elections in Georgia are scheduled for October 27.
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