Police detains 12 people near Georgian parliament
BAKU, Azerbaijan, December 12
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
Police in Tbilisi detained 12 people, while oppositionists tried to block the Georgian parliament, Trend reports citing the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
According to the ministry, all of them were detained for disobedience to the police and petty hooliganism.
Among the detainees is leader of the New Georgia opposition party Georgi Vashadze.
On December 12, police stopped an attempt by several dozen representatives of opposition parties and radical public organizations to block the entrances to the parliament building.
Opposition leaders said they came to parliament in protest against the election of 19 candidates to the Supreme Court of Georgia, who, working as judges, complied with all decisions "dictated by the authorities."
The wave of rallies in Tbilisi began after the failure of the parliamentary vote on November 14 regarding the holding of parliamentary elections in the country in 2020. As reported, the parliament failed to approve the transition from a mixed to proportional parliamentary election system since 2020. It was necessary to amend the Georgian constitution, which required the support of 113 out of 150 deputies; however, during the vote, only 101 deputies supported the changes. Most of the deputies who abstained from the voting represented the ruling party, "Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia."
Demonstrators demand early parliamentary elections on a proportional system; the resignation of the current government and its replacement by the interim government; and renewal of the composition of Central Election Commission.
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