The Government will countersign Presidential Ordinance on "Refusal to the Request to hold a Referendum", nevertheless, the Cabinet disagrees with the arguments provided to support this decision.
During today's Cabinet session the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili indicated that an argument, according to which referendum cannot be held due to the breach of territorial integrity of the country, remains disputable.
"This statement is not correct and we disagree in the part of the reasoning of the said decision. However, due to the legislative omissions, the executive and legislative branches of the government shall adopt an amendment within 1 month, whereas adoption of constitutional amendment requires at least 2 sessions that will take up to three months. We fully share the desire of the initiators of the referendum that the phrase "Civil marriage is a voluntary union of a man and a woman in order to create a family" be recorded in the Constitution. Our political force was the initiator of said constitutional amendment. This process has already began," - Prime Minister indicated and noted that constitutional amendment will be introduced after the elections.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, unfortunately, due to the boycott by various political forces in the current Parliament and other reasons, amendments were not finalized. Head of the Government hopes that after the elections respective amendment will be reflected in the Constitution of Georgia.
Prime Minister also outlined that an argument according to which striving to the Western civilization implied legalization of the same-sex marriage is a pure speculation.
"Georgian Dream" is apolitical force that fully combines western and national traditional values. Europe wants us this way and this is why Georgia is so valuable and precious for Europe - an entity that values traditional values. After the elections we will introduce respective constitutional amendment," - Prime Minister stated.
The President of Georgia has hosted the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (with residence in Bucharest) H.E. Mubarak Mohammed Faleh Alsuhaijan and held the farewell meeting with him.
The sides have discussed the existing relations between Georgia and the State of Kuwait and expressed hope that the two country’s relationships will be further deepened.
The President of Georgia has expressed gratitude to the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait for his contribution in the development of the relations between Georgia and the State of Kuwait and wished him success for his future endeavors.
The President of Georgia laid a wreath at the memorial of perished heroes fallen during the August WarMonday, 08 August 2016 16:57
The President of Georgia has paid tribute to the memory of heroes fallen during the August war and laid a wreath at their memorial at Mukhatgverdi Military Cemetery. Once again, the Head of State expressed his condolences to the families of those deceased.
„We come here every year to commemorate heroic deeds of our men and women in uniform, which fought for our nation. Russia will have to deal with a fact that nuclear power has occupied neighboring small nation and then has declared so called independent states on its territory.
We will re-complete Georgia, we will stabilize the process and Georgia will be united. This will be done through a peaceful process, not through war, but Russia will always have to deal with this brutal act of fighting its neighbor and occupying its territory”, - stated the President of Georgia”, - was stated by the President of Georgia.
The Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the Security Council Mrs. Irine Imerlishvili, the Foreign Affairs Secretary of the President of Georgia Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze, the Parliamentary Secretary of the President of Georgia Mrs. Anna Dolidze and the Advisor of the President of Georgia Mr. Alexi Barbakadze have been at the Mukhatgverdi Military Cemetery together with the Supreme Commander-in-Chief.
The President and the First Lady have visited the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro. Giorgi Margvelashvili and Maka Chichua met with Georgian athletes, participating in the Olympics and wished success in their future performance.
In return, Georgian athletes thanked the President for attending the Olympics and supporting the Georgian Olympians. Athletes also noted that they will do their best to meet the expectations of their fans.
“As you might see, Georgian flag is already raised in Rio which is a heartwarming gesture to all Georgians. Forty athletes have arrived in Rio today and their mood is elevated. I am sure we will see the Georgian flag waving in Rio again and again.
I would like to thank all Georgians, who are participating in this Olympics, including the athletes, doctors, organizational unit, and journalists. I would like to thank the citizens of Georgia, who will be supporting Georgian Olympians and singing national anthem from different parts of the world.” – Said the President.
The President also met with his French colleague, François Hollande. The leaders wished luck to French and Georgian athletes. Following the meeting, the President, the First Lady, and the athletes had a dinner in the Olympic Village.
The President and the First Lady have visited Rio de Janeiro where they will attend the opening ceremony of Summer Olympics. Giorgi Margvelashvili and Maka Chichua will meet the Georgian Olympic team and attend the performances of Georgian Olympians.
The President, together with other state leaders present at the Olympics, will join the official opening ceremony organized by the President of the Republic of Brazil and the Acting President of the International Olympic Committee.
As a part of the visit program, the President will hold bilateral meetings with multiple country leaders.
The Central Election Commission has sent to the President of Georgia the demand about holding marriage referendum. It comes on an action group composed by Aleqsandre Bregadze, Soso Manjavidze and Zviad Tomaradze according which the question of referendum will be: “Do you agree civil marriage to define as marring woman and man to create new family?”
According to press speaker of CEC Ana Mikeladze, an action group has presented 224 000 signatures. 23 652 have been cancelled and 200 348 have been received. The statement is sent to Giorgi Margvelashvili.
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili held a closed meeting with the heads of diplomatic mission as a part of the project “Ambassadorial 2016”.
As stated by the International Relations Secretary of the President, Tengiz Pkhaladze the meeting mainly focused on the challenges facing the Georgian diplomacy.
“The meeting centered on the challenges and changes of the current year. The diplomats also discussed the contemporary trends which should be strengthened in the Georgian diplomacy.
The heads of diplomatic mission exchanged opinions and overall, the format of the discussion was open.
We summarized the efforts of the last year and outlined the specific directions that need to be improved”, - said Mr. Pkhaladze.
The President of Georgia thinks that he has no supporter in any political force to implement judicial reform. This statement was made by the press speaker of President, Eka Mishveladze.
According to her, only this can explain the process about the candidates of judges. As she stated, no communication has been made with anyone. Eka Mishveladze said that the basic and large-scale reforms and changes are needed.
“I condemn the attempted coup in Turkey and deplore the loss of life in the events of the weekend. It is now very important to identify facts and bring to justice those responsible,” said Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in a statement today.
“At the same time, to protect democratic institutions, it is equally important that the relevant legal procedures are carried out in accordance with the rule of law and human rights standards that Turkey has subscribed to as a member of the Council of Europe, in particular the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the Strasbourg Court. In this context, the swift dismissal and arrest of thousands of judges, prosecutors, police officers and senior civil servants raises questions,” said the President.
“I am also worried about the announced discussion on the re-establishment of the death penalty. This would go against the country’s international commitments – as a member state of the Council of Europe, Turkey has signed and ratified Protocol No. 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and its Protocol No. 13 banning the death penalty in all circumstances,” said Mr Agramunt.
“The Council of Europe stands ready to support the Turkish authorities, on the basis of the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” he concluded.
The visit of the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili to Slovenia has started. According to the Presidential Administration, Giorgi Margvelashvili arrived in Ljubljana with First lady Maka Chichua and Delegation of Georgia.
According to them, the official welcoming ceremony will be held in Congress Square. Maka Chichua will also meet the First Lady of Slovenia.