Georgian parliament adopted constitutional amendments limiting presidential powers
Georgia, Tbilisi, March 22 / Trend N.Kirtskhalia /
Georgian parliament unanimously (123 votes) adopted at the second hearing at its meeting on March 22 amendments to the Constitution that deprive the president's authority to change the government solely, without the consent of the Parliament.
MPs from "Georgian Dream" and the National Movement voted for the amendments at the first hearing at yesterday's meeting. Voting on the third (and final) hearing is scheduled at an extraordinary meeting on March 25.
A few considerations concerning dates of entry of the bill into power were made during today's debate.
MP from the National Movement Pavle Kublashvili called on clearly define in the bill that these amendments will be valid only during the so-called transition period until the end of 2013 when new constitutional provisions will come into effect.
Chairman of Judiciary Committee Vakhtang Khmaladze said that the bill will change only current constitutional provisions, not those that should come into force at the end of the year.
According to the amendments, the President reserves the right to dismiss the government, but the previous government preserves its powers until the Parliament approves the new government. At the same time, the restriction saying that the president has no right to dissolve the parliament within six months after parliamentary election and within six months before the presidential election, remains in force. The sole condition for dissolution of the parliament is a triple refusal of the parliament to approve the government appointed by the president.