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Parliament to pass a package of amendments before end 20082008-12-26 12:34
Before end 2008 Georgian Parliament will pass a number of amendments of the acting Constitution. These are intended to limit presidential authority and extend parliamentary one.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The amendments were initiated by Mikhail Saakashvili, the President of Georgia.
Parliamentary bureau will examine the package of bills on December 29th, and then it will be discussed at the extraordinary meeting.
When the "Rose Revolution" government took the office, it changed the Constitution immediately by increasing presidential power dramatically and reducing parliamentary authorities.
Though it urged protest of the then opposition, in 2004 the Parliament passed the amendments, and the President obtained a number of rights. In particular, since 2004 the President can dissolve the Parliament in case it rejects the presented Cabinet of the Ministers thrice.
After August events Georgian government made a number of backward steps by revising the previously made decisions. The opposition regarded these measures as attempts of Saakashvili's government to keep power and show the world community its supposedly "democratic face".
In particular, the government claims to be ready for presidential authority reduction, parliamentary authority extension, revision of the electoral legislation and resumption of the finance for the parties that refused to join the Parliament after elections of May 21st .