Thursday, September 18, 2008

Debates on the Georgian President’s annual report held on September 18

Debates about the Georgian President’s annual report to Parliament were held on September 18 at an extraordinary session. Deputies discussed the new democratic reforms which the President intends to introduce.

Having heard the report on September 16, members of the majority party reaffirmed the importance of the President’s initiatives. The opposition however raised new questions in addition to evaluating these initiatives. Although generally agreeing with them, the opposition considers the Presidential initiatives inadequate to fully develop democracy.

The opposition is developing additional proposals concerning the election code, court reform, limitations on Executive power, freedom of the media and local self-government. It has once again demanded that a commission to investigate August’s events is established.

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