Georgia, Tbilisi, July 20 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili will be presented with a new draft of the constitution today. Earlier, Saakashvili welcomed the work of a constitutional commission to develop the draft, and expressed his readiness to initiate a month-long national discussion of the project.
Parliament will begin talks on the draft one month after its publication in the press.
The commission approved the draft with 44 votes "for" and three "against" at a plenary meeting July 19. The draft redistributes the powers among the country's senior leadership.
"The draft is a precedent in the post-Soviet space - this project reduces presidential powers and the role and powers of the parliament," head of the commission Avtandil Demetrashvili said.
One of the draft's authors, commission member Tengiz Sharmanashvili, added that the document is dominated by elements of a parliamentary republic. A constitutional majority of the parliament (two-thirds of the country's MPs) must approve the draft for its adoption.
The document will enter into force after the presidential approval and publication in the press.