TBILISI, DFWatch — The government in Georgia says it will move parliament back to the capital Tbilisi.
October 21, parliamentarians met for their first regular session in Kutaisi, after President Mikheil Saakashvili as recently as 2011 decided to build an entirely new parliament building in Georgia’s second largest city, a decision which has been controversial.
The new Justice Minister says that moving parliament back to Tbilisi will be one of the first issues to be changed in the Georgian constitution.
Tea Tsulukiani says the decision to move parliament to Kutaisi was unprepared. MPs have had to move to a new city and can hardly find a place to live.
“Kutaisi is the heart of Georgia. It should be given priority in regards to becoming a university city, but the legislative and executive government should work at the capital.”
Construction work was still not finished for the first session when the Georgian Dream coalition came with a majority.
Its leader Bidzina Ivanishvili, who is now Prime Minister, has said he will move parliament back to the capital and make the new parliament in Kutaisi into a concert hall.