Georgian Parliament to Discuss Constitutional Amendments

(civil) - The Georgian Parliament plans to discuss draft constitutional amendments at a special session on December 14, triggering protests from opposition lawmakers.

The initial draft of the constitutional amendments, proposed by the President Saakashvili in late October, said that presidential and parliamentary elections would be held simultaneously sometime between September 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008, which means an extension of the term of the current legislative body, reports Trend.

The exact date of elections would be up to the President. The amendment stipulates that these provisions for the presidential and parliamentarian elections will be applicable only once, in 2008.

This provision is a major source of controversy, as opponents claim that an extension of the current Parliament's term in office would be a negative precedent. Lawmakers from the ruling party argue that simultaneous elections are necessary because of foreign policy reasons, as the upcoming polls will be seen as an approval referendum for the current authorities' course against the background of Russia's mounting pressure on Georgia.

After month-long public discussions, which involved several roundtable debates, remarks were sent back to the President, who now has to re-submit the draft to the parliament. But it is not yet clear whether the draft will contain new provisions. It is expected that the deadline of elections date may be reduced from December 31 to December 1.

Opposition lawmakers expected the draft amendments to be discussed during parliament's 2007 spring session, when an assessment by the Venice Commission - the CoE's advisory body for constitutional issues is available.

However, the ruling majority says that the Parliament will discuss only part of the constitutional amendments at its first hearing. The other part, which concerns the relationship between the President and parliament, in particular the issue of dissolving the parliament, will be discussed at the legislative body's spring session. The ruling majority also claims that if the constitutional amendments do not comply with the Venice Commission conclusions they will also be revised during the second hearing.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Georgia’s imports from Turkmenistan triple
Georgia’s imports from Turkmenistan triple
Georgia to replace damaged buildings – Mayor of Tbilisi
Georgia to replace damaged buildings – Mayor of Tbilisi
Turkey's cargo traffic via its Gulluk port for 9M2021 revealed
Turkey's cargo traffic via its Gulluk port for 9M2021 revealed
Loading Bars
Latest
Turkish company to organize cotton-textile cluster in Uzbekistan
Finalists in double mini-trampoline among women announced at 28th FIG World Age Group Competitions in Baku
Georgia’s imports from Turkmenistan triple
Coach set goal to enter top three in individual trampoline jumping - Russian gymnast
Uzbek National Bank to issue its bonds on Russian Exchange
33,946 new Covid cases registered in Russia in 24 hours
Georgia to replace damaged buildings – Mayor of Tbilisi
Meeting in Sochi - new step towards sustainable peace in South Caucasus - Turkey's presidential administration
Turkey's cargo traffic via its Gulluk port for 9M2021 revealed
GUAM shares reviews of results of Georgia's presidency
Uzbekistan to sell shares of its two banks to Russian banks
EBRD to support green innovation in Uzbekistan
Turkmenistan's On Dogan to scale up production of vegetables, melons
Turkey shares data on cargo shipment via its ports from Greece for 9M2021
Azerbaijan limits import of poultry products from number of countries
Number of flights from Iran’s Shahid Beheshti International Airport soars
Turkey discloses volume of cargo shipment via its from ports from Italy for 9M2021
Iran resumes activity of several enterprises in Sistan and Baluchestan Province
Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan notes increase in agricultural production for 10M2021
Relations between Baku, Moscow experience highest dev’t stage in history of Azerbaijan's independence – experts
Sri Lanka bans travellers from 6 African nations due to Omicron COVID variant
We feel very comfortable in National Gymnastics Arena in Baku - Israeli athletes
Weekly review of key events in Azerbaijan's ICT sector
Weekly review of main events in Azerbaijan's transport sector
Uzbekistan reveals leading banks without state share in terms of volume of deposits
Number of people hospitalized after Listvyazhnaya mine explosion grows to 58
Weekly review of Azerbaijani precious metals market
Georgia reveals top exported goods to China
Performing at National Gymnastics Arena in Baku is unbelievably cool - Kazakh athlete
Iran’s NICICO records increase in sales
Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market
Azerbaijan notes growth in total liabilities of banks in 10M2021
Several hydrological points to be installed on rivers in Azerbaijan’s liberated territories – ministry
Iran’s Saipa Company increases auto manufacturing
Georgia releases COVID-19 data for November 27
Uzbekistan names leading state-owned banks in terms of volume of deposits
Georgia, EU to enhance co-op in foreign policy, security
Iran to reconsider guaranteed price for wheat purchase
Iran sees increases in exports
Iran, Afghanistan to improve trade
Third day of 28th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competition kicks off in Baku (PHOTO)
Turkey shares data on cargo shipment via its ports from Spain for 9M2021
Methane outburst is viewed as likely cause behind deadly blast at Listvyazhnaya coalmine
Turkey shares data on vehicles shipments between its Cesme, Greek Chios ports
Weekly review of Azerbaijan's oil & gas sector
Iran's PBO talks reduced inflation rate
Iranian startups to make their first initial public offering - Farabourse
Iran's solar power plants generate half of renewable energies - SATBA
Iran eyes developing national space industry
Azerbaijan once again achieves its goals at meeting in Russia’s Sochi - experts
Uzbekistan shares updated COVID-19 data
New World Order and India
Iranian currency rates for November 27
Azerbaijani oil prices decrease
Azerbaijan sees decrease in number of users per payment terminal in 10M2021
Iran, France to improve economic ties
Turkey reveals volume of vehicles shipments between its Yalova, Italian Bari ports
Georgia-China trade turnover up
Kazakhstan’s Ekibastuz GRES-2 power station opens tender to buy spares for engine
Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna expect data on shot's protection against new COVID-19 variant soon
“Armenian clan” guides European institutions (PHOTO)
Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan sign tripartite MoU on railway cooperation
Turkey bans travel from 5 African countries over new COVID-19 variant
Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan sign an agreement worth about $612 million
Kazakhstan has great potential to use high environmental standards in practice - AIFC
South Africa says travel bans over new variant unjustified
US announces travel restrictions over new COVID-19 variant
At least 19 dead, 32 injured after bus crash in Mexico
US company Moderna begins work on vaccine against new SARS-CoV-2 variant ‘Omicron’
Dozens of COVID-19 cases on flight from South Africa, Dutch authorities say
Top Iran diplomat calls for lifting of sanctions, days before Vienna nuclear talks
U.S. President Biden calls for intellectual property protection waivers on COVID-19 vaccines
WTO postpones major meeting over COVID-19 concerns - sources
Trilateral meeting in Sochi can be called historic - Chairman of State Duma Committee
487 illegal immigrants rescued off Tunisian coast: ministry
WHO names new COVID variant Omicron
Sochi meeting is tremendous step in right direction; Armenia must act quickly in order to intercept its abandoned priorities - experts
Turkey to support Qatar's regional and international goals: Shentop
Kazakh President holds talks with President of European Commission
Statement by President of Azerbaijan, PM of Armenia and President of Russia published
Georgia carries out judicial reform with support of U.S., MP Okhanashvili says
Iranian, Malaysian FMs discuss bilateral ties
Foreign Ministry comments on trilateral meeting of leaders of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia
Putin discusses results of meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan with Security Council
Vladimir Putin announces agreement on unblocking transport corridors between Azerbaijan and Armenia
Commission for delimitation of border between Azerbaijan and Armenia to be created
We numerously publicly stated that we are ready to start delimitation process - President Ilham Aliyev
After military hostilities ended, over 100 Armenian servicemen were returned to Armenian side - President Ilham Aliyev
Trilateral working group of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia to hold meeting next week in Moscow - Putin
President Ilham Aliyev ends his working visit to Sochi
Agreement reached on creation of mechanisms for demarcation and delimitation of border between Azerbaijan and Armenia before year end - Putin
Decisions made in matter of settling disputes and disagreements will contribute to making situation in South Caucasus more secure and predictable - President Aliyev
Baku holds award ceremony of winners of second day of 28th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions (PHOTO)
Kazakhstan records growth in remittances to Azerbaijan since early 2021
Russian gymnasts grab gold in synchronized trampoline at 28th FIG World Age Group Competitions in Baku
Russian President, Azerbaijani President and Armenian Prime Minister make press statements (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Price indexes of financial, trade sectors at Uzbek stock exchange rise
US gymnasts rank first in synchronized trampoline among men at 28th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions in Baku
Azerbaijan approves boundaries of protected zone of State Reserve of Shusha city
Russian gymnasts grab gold, silver, bronze in double mini-trampoline among men at 28th FIG World Age Group Competitions in Baku
All news