Georgian parliament adopts draft of new constitution
Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct. 1 /Trend, N.Kirtskhalia/
Georgian Parliament today adopted the draft of the new Constitution with 125 votes with four votes against in second reading.
Presenting the draft, to which some amendments were made, the
Justice Minister of Georgia Zurab Adeishvili said that the updated document contains all the recommendations that were made during the first reading and was recognized to be rational.
In particular, the president has no right of legislative initiative, and hence the right to demand their extraordinary consideration in Parliament: President's appointment of the of the Chief of Joint Staff will be attended by the Prime Minister with the so-called rule of countersign.
During the consultations between the parliamentary majority and the opposition on the draft Constitution last night Georgian President's nonparticipation in party was discussed.
According to the requirements of the parliamentary opposition, the president can not be a party functionary. In the case if he will participate in the elections on behalf of the party, he should leave the party post first, the opposition believes.
In addition to the proposed amendments, the draft also included a norm agreed with the opposition, in which the president is prohibited to hold an official position in political party, but he may be a member of the party.
The president also will have not the right to convene an extraordinary session or meeting of Parliament.