Saakashvili: we do not want to turn Georgia into a feudal state
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili is sure of the correctness of the decision to move the republic's parliament from Tbilisi to Kutaisi.
As the LІGA.net reported, Saakashvili stressed that this reform is a historic for the country. "The parliament will move to Kutaisi, even despite the fact that somebody says that Kutaisi is nothing worth" - he said.
Georgian leader said that "the Georgian people would not let" critics of this decision in Kutaisi. "From this point of view, we will bring this process to end. This is a historic reform, and it is impossible to exaggerate its value"- said Mikhail Saakashvili.
He added that the transfer of Parliament is required for "decentralization of Georgia". "We want not to split Georgia into fiefdoms pashas, but to plan the various authorities in different territories of Georgia" - stated the President.
Earlier, the Georgian parliament adopted a bill on amending the new constitution of Georgia, according to which the legislature would be moved to Kutaisi.
"According to these changes, Tbilisi loses function of the political center, so the relevant question is - where would be the capital of Georgia. We demand a referendum and let the people, but not members of the parliamentary majority, decide the issue of capital" - the leader of the parliamentary minority Giorgi Targamadze commented on the change.
The bill requires that the new home of the country's parliament after elections in November 2012 will become Kutaisi, and a temporary change of its location is possible only in times of emergency or martial law.
One of the Georgian opposition leaders Nino Burjanadze said that the transfer of the republic's parliament in Kutaisi is the "systematic destruction of the state apparatus".
"It's out of the ordinary solution, and even Western partners are talking about it, as there won't be normal cooperation of executive branch, which remains in Tbilisi, and the legislature" - she said.
She also noted that construction of new buildings for the deputies will cost $ 35 million.