Georgia’s parliamentary majority is against national presidential elections
Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 22 / Trend N. Kirtzkhalia /
Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Georgian Parliament is against the national presidential elections, Republican Vakhtang Khmaladze told journalists today.
He said that major constitutional changes concerning parliament, the president and government are planned to be carried out.
One of these changes is the procedure of electing the president. The president does not have the executive power nor interferes in the activity of the government in a parliamentary republic.
Khmaladze said that this post is likely to have the function of an arbitrator while the president is mainly involved in the formation of non-governmental organisations.
He added that the president is elected by parliament or an electoral board consisting of MPs and delegates of other representative bodies, rather than through a direct vote of the citizens as in Europe with a few exceptions.
In this case, a deputy has no single answer of how the Georgian president will be elected in autumn 2013.
Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili considers Vakhtang Khmaladze as a possible candidate for Georgian President from the Georgian Dream coalition.