parliament’s first Kutaisi session

Saakashvili’s power to block constitutional change reduced

By | October 22nd, 2012|Categories: News, Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Five members of parliament (MPs) who were elected as representing the National Movement party declined to join their party in the parliamentary minority on Sunday. This means that there will be less obstacles for the Bidzina Ivanishvili-led […]

The new parliament sets up 15 committees

By | October 22nd, 2012|Categories: News, Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgia’s eighth parliamentary assembly has three factions from the majority and three from the minority. 15 parliamentary committees were established. The Georgian Dream coalition, which is the new parliament majority, on Sunday set up three […]

Demonstrations as parliament begins new season

By | October 21st, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Groups of youth demonstrated today in front of the new parliament building where the eighth Georgian parliament assembly began its 2012-2013 season on Sunday. A number of students and youth came to Kutaisi joined by local students to protest […]

Usupashvili elected Parliament Speaker

By | October 21st, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The eighth Georgian parliament Sunday elected Republican Party leader Davit Usupashvili as speaker of parliament by 88 votes for, none against and 62 abstaining. Usupashvili represents the Georgian Dream coalition. Georgian Dream has 85 seats […]

Two-party parliament starts working

By | October 21st, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — Parliamentarians in Georgia are gathering today in Kutaisi for their first session after the October 1 election. Their first session is taking place inside a new dome-shaped construction which though it’s still unfinished and leaks water from the ceiling when it rains, […]

Georgia parliament gathering in Kutaisi Sunday

By | October 20th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

Georgia’s Central Election commission Friday approved the protocol of the October 1, 2012, parliamentary election. The first session of the new parliament will be held on Sunday. Recently, the constitution was changed, so parliament sessions can only be held in Kutaisi […]

Saakashvili plays nationalism card against opponent

By | May 28th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – On May 26, Georgia’s independence day, President Mikheil Saakashvili argued that it is time for a stronger nationalism in order to undermine Russia’s influence. The call for a strengthening of nationalism came during a speech in Kutaisi at the […]

Georgia marks independence day with new parliament

By | May 26th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia celebrates Independence Day today on May 26. The day is a celebration of restoration of independence from the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. May 26 1918, the first Georgia republic was established. The country became independent […]

Georgia’s parliamentarians on the move

By | March 30th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia has changed its laws so that parliament can meet in the new parliament building in Kutaisi already from May 1. During a transition period, Georgia’s parliamentarians may gather at either the new building or in the old building in Tbilisi. […]

President gives unconstitutional promise

By | November 8th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Saakashvili promises that the first session in the brand new parliament building in Kutaisi will be held on May 26, 2012. To keep this promise it is necessary to either violate the constitution or change it. The third part of the current constitution, which was amended last year this time, deals with the rules [...]

Confusion over parliament’s first session in Kutaisi

By | October 6th, 2011|Categories: Legal reform, News|Tags: |

There is rising confusion after President Saakashvili said that the first parliamentary session in Kutaisi will be on the next national day, May 26, 2012. He said this two days ago at the opening of a new House of Justice in the city. But according to the Georgian constitution, parliament can only convene in Kutaisi after [...]