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Parliamentary opposition urges Saakashvili to participate in debates2009-02-10 10:05
Parliamentary opposition of Georgia demands to change the format of hearing the President's report and campaigns for the return of the previous format, which included President's answering questions and participation in debates.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The initiative was drawn at the parliamentary bureau meeting by Georgi Targamadze, a parliamentary minority leader. In his view, the President must not only to report to the MPs, but also to listen to their remarks and answer critical questions.
David Bakradze, the Speaker of the Parliament, accepted the initiative and proposed to conduct consultations on this issue. He also expressed hope that the President would agree to participate in debates.
According to tentative information, Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia will present the annual report to the Parliament on February 12th .
The participation of the President in the debates after the annual report was abolished several years ago. The opposition condemned this initiative of the Saakashvili government, but the Parliament didn't restore the format.