Georgian parliament unanimously passed the first reading of a decision to limit the president's powers
Georgia, Tbilisi, Mar. 21 / Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgian parliament adopted Thursday in the first reading the constitutional amendments that limit the powers of the President. All 135 members, includong 53 members of parliament from the opposition, voted for this decision.
Supporters of President Mikheil Saakashvili voted for the amendment after Speaker David Usupashvili consented to the preferential voting on the issue, which required MPs from the minority.
It should be noted that during the preferential voting majority did not gather required 100 votes.
Under the amendments, the President reserves the right to dismiss the government, but it also must assign the duties for as long as Parliament does not approve the new government. At the same time, remains in force constraint that within six months from the date of the election of the parliament, and within six months before the presidential election, the president has no right to dissolve parliament. The only condition for the dissolution of parliament is a three-time failure of Parliament to approve the president of the government.
The debate over the constitutional amendments proposed by "Georgian Dream" will continue on March 22 and then MPs will vote on the amendments draft in the second reading.