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Parliament of Georgia amended the Constitution2009-09-25 14:25
Yesterday the Parliament of Georgia adopted amendments to the constitution, implying the transfer of the legislative body to Kutaisi.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Besides, these changes allow opposition members to return the mandates they had renounced.
111 MPs out of 117 registered for voting, supported the idea of Parliament's transfer. The amendments will become valid the day the final protocol of the next parliamentary elections will be published - RIA Novosti.
MPs of the next convocation [to be elected in 2012] will conduct plenary sitting in Kutaisi, committee meetings - in Tbilisi.
110 MPs out of 116 registered voted for restoration of mandates, 1 against.
Those who were elected at the parliamentary election of may 21st 2008 on proportional system and whose authority was broken. In particular, it concerns the opposition members, who tore their mandates as a protest "against rigged elections".
To restore the mandate they must submit the due application to January 1st 2010.
The bill on amending the Constitution was initiated by President Mikheil Saakashvili.