Georgian president authorizes PM to sign association agreement with EU

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Tbilisi, Georgia, May 27

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

Georgia's President Giorgi Margvelashvili has authorized Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili to sign international agreements related to the association with the EU, the president's parliamentary secretary David Pataraya told reporters on May 27.

A relevant decree will be signed today, Pataraya said.

"The association agreement with the EU should be signed by the president, according to Georgia's constitution. However, under the government decision the agreement will be signed by the prime minister," Pataraya said. "In order to avoid any questions with regard to the legitimacy of this, the president decided to officially transfer this authority to the prime minister."

Last week, Georgian prime minister and the government refused to give away the right of signing the document to the president, arguing that under the constitution, this right belongs to the government.

Georgia's association agreement with the EU is scheduled to be signed on June 27 in Brussels, Belgium.

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