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A split along municipal line2009-09-15 09:34
Recently, in the first reading the Parliament of Georgia has passed some amendments concerning the restoration of the parliament mandates that were torn up by the ten oppositional politicians who declared the stealing of elections in 2008. At the same time, the opposition is talking about more protest actions, although cooperation with the authorities is also possible. For example, the non-parliament opposition is going to start consultations on nominating a candidate to take part in the elections of various levels. However, the electorate is striving for radical measures required to change the power.
In the first reading the Parliament of Georgia has passed constitutional amendments allowing the ten delegates resume their office in the supreme legislative body. The delegates had torn up their mandates in protest, having stated the fact of stealing of elections in 2008. All this time they have been positioning themselves as radical non-parliament opposition. However, by autumn 2009, many of them totally lost their radical attitude. As soon as a number of oppositional activists agreed to meet with the national security officials and reached a number of agreements with them, the issue of cooperating with the government became one of the most urgent.
It should also be noted that the authorities have made several attempts to call the oppositional delegates back to law-making activity. After the spring protest actions President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili suggested that the radical oppositionists should return to parliament but they said downright no and even disseminated a joint statement.
During a special session on July 31, the Georgian lawmakers adopted a resolution on establishing an organizational committee that would ensure the publication of the draft constitutional law on making amendments to the Constitution of Georgia and their public discussion. As Novosti-Georgia reported, on July 27, President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili introduced the draft constitutional amendments in Parliament.
According to the draft law, the powers of a member of the Georgian parliament will be resumed by those delegates that were elected according to proportional election scheme during the elections of May 21, 2008. The draft constitutional amendments will concern only those oppositional politicians that won the election by party lists. Those delegates that won the election according to the majority election system will not be able to regain their mandates so long as the mid-term elections have been already held in their districts and the vacancies have been filled.