Opposition leader: Georgian president will extend his power with new constitution
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 29 /Trend, N.Kirtskhalia/
The leader of the opposition 'Democratic Movement - United Georgia' Party
Nino Burjanadze said that the new draft Constitution of Georgia will be used Mikheil Saakashvili to prolong his power after the expiry of the presidential term in 2013.
She said the new draft Constitution does not strengthen the role and functions of the Parliament. In reality, the draft strengthens the role of the prime minister, and the procedure for resignation is so complicated that the implementation of the impeachment of the prime minister will be practically impossible, said ex-speaker of Parliament.
"I am confident that the new draft Constitution is uniquely associated with an attempt by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to extend his power and continue to lead the country as prime minister," said Burjanadze.
According to her, the new draft Constitution does not include guarantees for the proper functioning of municipal institutions.
The new draft Constitution of Georgia envisages reducing the powers of the president and redistributing powers between Parliament and the prime minister.
The project, which is a mixed model of a parliamentary republic, was approved by the state constitutional commission last week.
Nation-wide discussions over the new Constitution have been conducted in Georgia since July 28, after which the Parliament will adopt it at the autumn session.