Constitutional Court not to consider lawsuit on powers of President Mikheil Saakashvili
Georgia, Tbilisi, Feb. 5 / Trend N.Kirtskhalia /
Georgian Constitutional Court will not consider the lawsuit on powers of President Mikheil Saakashvili
This was motivated by the fact that "only popularly elected legislature can adopt constitutional changes".
Representatives of non-governmental organizations Irma Inashvili, Soso Manjavidze and David Tarkhan-Mouravi submitted a lawsuit to the court on January 4. In the lawsuit they demanded to abolish the "anti-constitutional article", in which the president's powers were extended.
In particular, they demanded to abolish the ninth section of Article 70, under which the presidential elections in Georgia must be held in October this year after expiration of presidential term.
According to the first part of the same article, Georgian president is elected for a term of five years only.
Some NGOs believe that the powers of President Mikheil Saakashvili expired on January 20, when five years passed since his inauguration.