TBILISI, DFWatch–Another problem was added to the list of mishaps that have afflicted the new parliament in Kutaisi, as there were reports of a bomb in the building.
Davit Usupashvili, Speaker of Parliament, said that a stranger informed police that there was a bomb in an unknown place in the parliament building. The guards announced an evacuation of MPs and employees. The incident took place during a break in parliament’s session, but while everybody was in the building.
The speaker of parliament decided to let the building remain evacuation until Saturday in order to give bomb experts more time to work properly. The session will continue on Saturday at 16:00.
Law enforcers are continuing to work in parliament now.
According to official information, the construction of the parliament building in Kutaisi, Georgia’s second largest city, cost 365 million lari (USD 220 million). It was President Mikheil Saakashvili who decided to move parliament to western Georgia. This required constitutional amendments because the location of parliament is defined by the constitution. The construction work is still not finished, but it has been functioning for about a year.
During this time there have been various problems like water leak in the halls, which suspended everyday work in parliament. There was a roof collapse in a corridor, but no-one was injured. Several workers were injured during the construction work, and one died. A mother and daughter died in an explosion to remove a monument to the victory over fascism to clear way for the building.
Law enforcement bodies have not made any comments yet.