TBILISI, DFWatch — Another National Movement MP has left the parliamentary minority to become independent members of parliament.
A group of six independent MPs plan to set up a parliamentary faction. Six is the minimum number required to establish such a unit.
Giorgi Gozalishvili, MP representing the National Movement party, on Monday asked to become independent MPs and leave the minority.
The MPs state that there was no pressure from the majority to leave UNM, but that they did it by their own will.
A week ago, when first session of eighth parliament assembly was held, five representatives of the National Movement decided to leave the minority and become independent MPs.
Those were Goderdzi Bukia – majoritarian for Khobi district, Samegrelo region, Kakha Okriahsivli, majoritarian for Dmanisi District in Southern Georgia, Gogi Liparteliani, majoritarian for Lentekhi district, mountainous western Georgia, Endzel Mkoiani – majoritarian for Ninotsminda, southern Georgia and Sergo Khabuliani – majoritarian for Tsageri – mountainous western Georgia.
The new independent faction will be set up in the next few days. It promises to cooperate with both the majority and minority. The independent MPs say they will work on economic issues.
The Georgian Dream coalition has 85 seats in parliament, while the National Movement has 65. It is necessary to obtain more than 100 votes to pass constitutional changes. The chances of managing to do this have increased for the ruling coalition; but representatives of the National Movement claim that they won’t support any initiative of the ruling party regarding constitutional changes.