TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili unconditionally and unequivocally condemns the violence which took place on Friday outside the National Library.
President Mikheil Saakashvili’s televised address to the nation was delayed after a group of campaigners for political prisoners blocked the entrance to the National Library, and activists for Saakashvili’s party tried to force their way through, which led to violent clashes.
Ivanishvili says he instructed the interior minister to take measures defined by the law to find those who inspired the violence, while an analysis of the police’s actions is also in progress in order to improve the performance in the same type of situations.
“It would have been better if the president had foreseen the proposal by the majority and held his annual state of the nation address in parliament two weeks later,” he said.
Ivanishvili said that if Saakashvili made those statements earlier, complications might have been avoided.
“The president apologized for the mistakes he and his government did for years. The president admitted that in the last parliamentary election, people fairly took his authority and it is necessary to analyze problems in the past in order to regain people’s trust and make correct decisions,” the prime minister’s statement reads.
In his speech, the president said he and his party support the constitutional changes regarding limiting the powers of the president, but do not agree with moving parliament back to Tbilisi. PM said now they avoid prof for this statement, after which parliament will soon vote for the new constitution changes, but if there are different positions on bills, he said they are ready to carefully listen to his position and sum positions of international and local experts in the process of reviewing the changes.
“I want to once again state that I am ready for relation with the president and his political team by steadily following supreme law,” he writes, “no one gave me the right to forgive violent crime. I am ready for reasonable compromises on each issue for welfare of our country.”