A bill to increase the number of Georgian MPs initiated
The initiative on the changes in the fundamental law of the country - the Constitution - was introduced to the Parliament of Georgia at the meeting of the Parliamentary Bureau. As reported by the GHN, this initiative was introduced by 83 Georgian MPs. It concerns the increase of the number of Georgian deputies. Under the proposed bill, the new parliament will consist of 190 members. 107 of them will be elected by a proportional system, 83 - by the majority system.
Previously, the independent Georgian MP Giorgi Tsagareishvili has expressed his view that an increase in the number of Georgian deputies without holding a referendum would call into question the legitimacy of parliaments of the past and present convocation. Proposal to increase the number of deputies from 150 to 190 was contained in the agreement which was signed by the opposition and officials of the country.
"Approving today the increase of the number of deputies would be equal to careless attitude to the people and the Constitution. I want to ask (the majority of the deputies) Machavariani, Kublashvili and the "New Rights", if their claim put into question the legitimacy of parliament of last and this convocation, as well as all those laws which were adopted in recent years", said Tsagareishvili to reporters today.
Prior to that, Vice-Speaker Mikhail Machavariani said that the initiative of the majority to increase the number of deputies to be adopted in accordance with the law. According to him, in November 2003, there was held not referendum, but plebiscite.
"As I recall, in 2003, there was held a plebiscite, not a referendum, since a referendum is held throughout Georgia, but a part of Georgian territory is "occupied", said Machavariani.
In turn, as the Judiciary Committee of the Georgian Parliament Pavle Kublashvili said earlier, in November 2003, there was held a referendum, but it was illegal.