Georgia, Tbilisi, August 2 / Trend, N. Kirtzkhalia /
Speaker of Georgian parliament David Usupashvili cannot insure that the former Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili will be able to participate in presidential elections, but if there are any legal ways, he is ready to view them, Usupashvili stated after the meeting with the representatives of Zurabishvili's "Georgian way" party.
"I didn't give any guarantees to Salome Zurabishvili, because the registration of the candidates is not in my competency. I expressed willingness to meet to analyze current legislation and find out whether we can take any measures at the legislative level. The parliamentary majority initiated constitutional changes on this issue, which envisages the removal of dual citizenship restrictions on the prime minister, president and speaker of parliament. It is highly likely that these changes will come into force by the time of elections," he noted.
Usupashvili stressed that the law prohibits the individuals with dual citizenship, such as Zurabishvili, who is a citizen of Georgia and France, from running in presidential elections.
"Therefore, the legislation should be carefully studied in order to find out whether there is any way no obstacles are created for the registration of candidates. I give guarantee to Zurabishvili that, if there are any legal norms, then we are ready to view them. We do not see any exact way, however we continue discussions," Usupashvili noted.
Zurabishvili expressed her willingness to run for president. Despite the fact that the PM Bidzina Ivanishvili rejected to support her, she is considered a viable candidate for president.
Presidential elections in Georgia will be conducted on October 27.