Constitutional Commission 2017

Georgian parliament passes new Constitution as opposition walks out in protest

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian parliament almost unanimously adopted a new constitution on Tuesday as opposition factions walked out and said the day will mark the establishment of one-party rule in the country. […]

Georgia’s president refuses to convene parliament to pass revamped Constitution

By | September 25th, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–President Giorgi Margvelashvili has turned down a request by the ruling party to call an unscheduled session of parliament in order to adopt the new Constitution, citing the threat of one-party rule. “The president will not convene an extraordinary session,” […]

Georgia’s constitutional reform gets cautious thumbs up from CoE

By | September 23rd, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Venice Commission draws an overall positive conclusion about Georgia’s latest constitutional reform in an assessment published Friday, but the Council of Europe experts are still concerned about the lack of consensus among the country’s largest political parties. […]

CoE’s Buquicchio disappointed by Georgian stalemate on new constitution

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The head of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio is disappointed by the lack of progress on Georgia’s constitutional reform. The commission president took to Twitter on Monday to react to a lack of agreement between […]

CoE official dismayed over Georgia’s constitution ‘crisis’

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Legal reform|Tags: , , |

Gianni Buquicchio. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Council of Europe official is in despair over the way Georgian leaders have handled the drafting of a new constitution, calling the debacle a ‘crisis’. “I’m disappointed and become more and more disappointed for every hour,” head of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio […]

Georgian president slams blueprint for new Constitution

By | June 24th, 2017|Categories: Legal reform|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–President Giorgi Margvelashvili rejects a draft new Constitution presented by the ruling GD government because it is not based on a consensus. “The entire Georgian society believes we need a consensus document, but Georgian Dream […]

Public meeting about new constitution interrupted by protests

By | May 18th, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A public meeting in Tbilisi on Monday to discuss a set of constitutional amendments was interrupted by two different groups of protesters. The head of the organizing committee now says they will extend the hearing process with a number of extra […]

To Understand Georgia’s Constitutional Reforms, Look Beyond the President

By | May 6th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

Georgia needs a parliament that is more pluralistic, not less. Rather than locking in Georgia’s democratic gains, the draft constitution appears likely to benefit Georgian Dream, writes Joseph Larsen, analyst at Georgian Institute of Politics. The Georgian Dream (GD) […]

Georgian opposition wants referendum about constitutional changes

By | May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian opposition groups said Monday that the country’s democratic development is being reversed unless a set of constitutional amendments is stopped. The groups demand a referendum about the changes. In a declaration, the opposition listed eight […]

Georgia inches closer to one-party rule with new draft Constitution

By | April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

A meeting of the Constitutional Commission. In the center Irakli Kobakhidze, parliament’s speaker, who was commission chair. ( TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia is moving closer to one-party rule, opposition groups warn, as a new round of constitutional amendments was approved by a commission on Saturday. Georgians are no strangers to changing their Constitution, but the latest set of amendments  […]