Georgian parliament approves amendments limiting presidential powers
TBILISI, March 26 - RAPSI, Maggie Kikaleishvili. On Monday, the Georgian parliament adopted amendments to the constitution in the third and last reading which curtail the president's power to appoint the cabinet in the event of parliament's dissolution.
A total of 114 MPs voted for the amendments. At the moment, three seats in the 150-member Georgian parliament are vacant.
The amendments revoke the right of the president to appoint the cabinet himself if parliament is dissolved for voting against the president-nominated cabinet three times. Under the new amendments, the dismissed cabinet and prime minster will be reinstated.
The changes also prohibit the dissolution of parliament "from the May before the presidential elections until the new presidents inauguration."
The parliamentary majority represented by Bidzina Invanishvili's Georgian Dream coalition and the opposition represented by the former ruling United National Movement had coordinated the amendments before parliament voted on them.
The amendments will become effective once signed by the president and published in the country's Legislative Bulletin.