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Parliament of Georgia is asked not to amend the Constitution2009-09-17 14:57
Young Lawyers' Association of Georgia sent a letter to MPs, in which asked not to back amendments to the Constitution, proposed by president Saakashvili: partial transfer of the Parliament to Kutaisi and restoration of mandates for opposition MOs who renounced them as a protest after may 2008 elections.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The young lawyers believe these amendments are not aimed to improve the Constitution, but only a part of political game, and will harm the main law.
They remind that the Constitution, adopted on August 24th 1995, has been amended 19 times for 14 years of its existence.
"The experience showed that so frequent interferences in the Constitution caused serious violation of balance between the power branches, weakening of democratic institutions, in this way lead to the political crisis and raised question on writing a new Constitution", the authors explained.
The amendment, implying shift of the parliament to Kutaisi, and turning the city in the second capital, they reckon as another populist step of the authorities.
The Association warns MPs and tells now they are facing the choice: to defend the supremacy of law and choose the way normal development of the country, or pursue own political interests.
The draft amendments were adopted by the parliament in the first reading on September 11th.