The majority and the minority have formed in the Parliament

Published in Politics
Friday, 18 November 2016 16:45

The majority and the minority have formed in the Parliament. Five factions have also registered. Georgian Dream is created by 116 members, including 115 members of Georgian Dream deputes and Simon Nozadze from the Entrepreneurs. The Leader of the majority is Archil Talakvadze.
As for the majority parliamentary fractions, only the two fractions have formed: Georgian Dream by 10 deputes and Georgian Dream- Entrepreneurs with 6 deputes.
As for the minority parliamentary fractions, this is National Movement with 20 deputes and it is lead by Nika Melia. Also National Movement-For Development of Georgia with 6 deputes and it is lead by Elene Khoshtaria. 

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    Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze is grateful to the European Council President Charles Michel and special envoy Christian Danielsson for their mediation leadership.

    “Even though the opposition was not ready to sign, we’ll guide judicial and electoral reforms by Danielsson’s proposal. We leave doors open for parties to join,” Talakvadze tweeted.

    The ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party and the opposition could not agree on a solution, Christian Danielsson briefed reporters following the hours-long joint meeting between GD and the opposition on Tuesday.

    The opposition failed to provide any evidence on elections fraud. But, we showed evidence that the radical opposition forged the parallel vote tabulation (PVT) results”, Irakli Kobakhidze, the Chairman of the Georgian Dream party, said after a joint meeting mediated by EU mediator Christian Danielsson.

    “Today, the international partners presented a document in which there was no record, either directly or indirectly, on any snap elections,” he added.

    Kobakhidze stated that the document by Danielsson included GD’s proposal on Nika Melia’s case. “In particular, in case of paying bail, Georgian Dream pledged to ensure application of amnesty bill in the June 20th case. However, the opposition rejected this solution,” he said.

    Christian Danielsson, a personal envoy of the European Council President Charles Michel, said after the talks today that none of the parties agreed on a solution.

    Besides, EU mediator Christian Danielson published the proposals made to political parties.

    Danielsson said he proposed a solution to the parties that puts the country interest first, but none of the political parties could agree to it. EU mediator has already left for Brussels.

    Danielsson returned to Tbilisi for the second time on Sunday to help the opposition and the government reaching an agreement. He first arrived in Tbilisi on March 12. After a five-day mediation that ended with no result, he left the country.

    Charles Michel announced on March 22 that Christian Danielsson would travel back to Georgia to help the parties to agree.

    The Georgian opposition parties that won seats in the Georgian Parliament of the 10th Convocation believe the 2020 parliamentary elections were a fraud. They have been demanding repeat parliamentary elections and the release of the United National Movement Chair, Nika Melia, and the co-founder of the TV channel Mtavari Arkhi Giorgi Rurua.


  • The Museum of Georgian Parliamentarism named after Ekvtime Takaishvili was open in the Parliament

    The Parliament hosted the 100th jubilee of the first Constitution of Georgia.

    The Speaker, Archil Talakvadze and the descendant of the great public figure, 10-years-old Ekvtime Takaishvili opened the Museum of Georgian Parliamentarism named after Ekvtime Takaishvili.

    The Museum includes four halls exposing the central, “Hall of Glory” and various eras. The exhibits include documents reflecting the history of Parliamentarism since 1919 stored in the archives and depositories of Georgia and other countries.

    The visitors will enjoy the exposition about the “Chamber” from King Tamar’s era considered as the very first attempt of the establishment of Parliamentarism in Georgia.

    As Givi Mikanadze stated, the Civic Engagement Center is to be established in the Parliament within the Open Governance program allowing the citizens to get informed about the Parliament. The idea of the Museum has been born in the preceding Parliament and was developed by the Working Group composed of the representatives of the Archive of the Interior Ministry, Central Archive of Justice Ministry, National Library, Council of Heraldry, and Ministry of Culture.

    The Center will be open for the tourists, pupils, students and every person concerned. It will inform the visitors about the development of the history of Parliamentarism in Georgia for 100 years”, - he stated.

    The Museum allocates the documents reflecting the Soviet repressions, as well as various materials evidencing the activity of the Parliament of Georgia since 1990, and the photo material reflecting close cooperation of the Parliament with the international organizations.

    The Museum is equipped with modern technologies and is to host a wide range of visitors, including the school children and students. It has a hall where the visitors will watch the 30-minute documentary.

    As the Deputy Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Mariam Lashkhi noted, it is not accidental that the Museum is named after Ekvtime Takaishvili. “Ekvtime Takaishvili has contributed truly invaluable merit in maintenance and preservation of our treasures. The heritage of Georgian Parliamentarism is based on the heritage preserved by Ekvtime Takaishvili along with the members of the Constituent Council for our democracy. I hope we will keep this heritage in a dignified manner”, - she stated.

    The opening ceremony was attended by the President of Georgia, Speaker of the Parliament, Majority Leader, Chairs of the Factions, MPs, candidate for the Prime Minister, Chair of the Constitutional Court, Chairs of the Governments and Supreme Councils of Autonomous Republics, and the descendants of Ekvtime Takaishvili.

  • Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia resigns

    Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia has resigned. He made his resignation statement at a special briefing at the government administration.

    Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia resigned citing disagreement with his party colleagues over the detention of Nika Melia, leader of UNM. This follows the Tbilisi City Court’s decision to send United National Movement’s Nika Melia, Chairperson of the largest opposition party, to pretrial detention.

    “Unfortunately, I could not reach a common understanding on this matter with my team and decided to resign. I want to hope, that this step would contribute to reduced polarisation in our political space, since I believe that polarization and confrontation pose the greatest risks to our country’s future and economic development,” G. Gakharia stated.

    G. Gakharia’s statement said that while Melia had “never respected the law” and called “for the storming of the Parliament” on June 20, the decision to detain him poses unacceptable risks, and unduly complicates the task of economic recovery and the management of pandemic.


  • Public Defender’s Statement on Stripping Nikanor Melia of Parliamentary Immunity

    The Public Defender of Georgia calls on the Parliament of Georgia not to consent to the use of pre-trial detention against Nikanor Melia. We also call on the Prosecutor General's Office of Georgia to use the opportunities at its disposal and reconsider the decision on application of measures of restraint.

    According to the Criminal Procedure Code of Georgia, in order to apply a measure of restraint, it is necessary to properly substantiate its objectives and grounds. In particular, the Prosecutor’s Office must prove that a particular form of a measure of restraint is necessary, as the defendant may avoid attending the trial, hide, destroy information relevant to the case, or committ a new crime.

    Violation of the measure of restraint should not be an automatic ground for ordering detention or any other strict measure. When considering the application of pre-trial detention for Nikanor Melia, the main subject of assessment should be - whether there is a need today to restrict the conduct of the defendant and whether this restriction serves the interests of justice; Moreover, more than 18 months have passed since the launch of criminal proceedings against the defendant, the investigation phase has already been completed and the case is currently being considered on its merits.

    Considering that only three police officers were charged (non-custodial measures were used) with the use of excessive force against dozens of citizens and journalists during the June 20 events - the arrest of the leader of the opposition political party without proper justification of the procedural need, will be a big blow to the Georgian justice system, making it look like the practices common in non-democratic countries. And this type of international image will significantly slow down the process of western development of the country, which, along with many other benefits, implies the fundamental protection of human rights.

    In view of the above, we call on the Members of Parliament to discuss and properly assess the need and necessity for the use of a measure of restraint against Nikanor Melia. At the same time, criminal prosecution and detention of leaders of opposition parties only harms the democratic image of the country and the trust in the democratic institutions of the state.

  • The meeting of Archil Talakvadze with the Ambassador of Azerbaijan

    The Speaker, H.E. Archil Talakvadze held the meeting with the Ambassador of Azerbaijan, H.E. Faig Guliyev.

    At the introductory meeting, the parties discussed the historical friendly and partnership relations between the parties and stressed the inter-Parliamentary cooperation.

    The parties underlined the importance of the close contacts between the Friendship Groups and dwelt on the importance of peace and security in the region.

    The parties touched upon the global pandemic and the related challenges and noted the necessity of rapid restoration of the trade links and tourism as the top priority for both countries.

    The Speaker wished good luck to the Ambassador and expressed his commitment to cooperation.


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