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Form of presidential elections in Georgia will be determined by special commission2013-01-23 18:53
The deputies of the coalition "Georgian Dream" took the initiative to change the form of the election of the president through replacing a direct vote with parliamentary vote. In this regard, the Parliament may create a special commission, the Trend reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Direct presidential elections are very expensive. Why should we waste that amount of money while we can elect the president in the parliament?", said one of the closest associates of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, deputy Zacharias Kutsnashvili.
However, under the amendments that will come into force later, main powers are being redistributed between the strong Prime Minister and relatively weak but retaining levers of power president.
Avtandil Demetrashvili, the author of the amendment to the Constitution of Georgia, under which after the election of a new president in October this year, Georgia must become the parliamentary-presidential republic, believes that the rejection of nation-wide presidential elections violates the checks and balances system necessary for democracy.
"There is no doubt that Parliament will elect the candidate of the "Georgian Dream", and again we get a one-party system", he said in an interview to the newspaper Kommersant.