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Georgian Supreme Court will consider Ivanishvili's claim for citizenship

2012-10-11 12:39

Supreme Court of Georgia has adopted a lawsuit of the leader of the political coalition "Georgian Dream" billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, demanding the reinstatement of citizenship. This was reported by the Interfax referring to Ivanishvili's lawyer Shalva Tadumadze.


"This is a positive signal, since the Supreme Court has accepted the claim in production", Tadumadze said.

The lawyer noted that in his claim Ivanishvili demanded to abolish presidential decree from October 11, 2011, under which Ivanishvili was deprived of his Georgian citizenship under the pretext that in 2010 he became a citizen of France after granting him citizenship of Georgia in 2004.

Meanwhile, according to the IA Regnum, a non-governmental organization "Transparency International - Georgia" warns that Bidzina Ivanishvili may acquire problems in connection with his appointment as Prime Minister of Georgia. As stated by representatives of the organization, the Georgian Constitution (Article 29, Part 1) gives the right to hold public office only to the citizens of Georgia.

According to paragraph 11 of Article 29 of the Constitution of Georgia, Georgian citizen, who is a citizen of another country, cannot hold the post of Prime Minister of Georgia. Currently Ivanishvili remains only citizen of France. "If Ivanishvili manages to restore Georgian citizenship, he, apparently, has to give up the citizenship of France in order to become prime minister", representatives of the "Transparency International - Georgia" stated.


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