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Georgia: constitutional revision on right track, but changes needed to ensure political pluralism, says Venice Commission

Venice Commission Venice 16 June 2017
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Georgia: constitutional revision on right track, but changes needed to ensure political pluralism, says Venice Commission

Meeting for its June plenary session, the Council of Europe’s constitutional experts, (the Venice Commission), positively assessed the constitutional revision process in Georgia, but urged the authorities to reconsider the rules of Parliament formation, in order to increase pluralism in parliament.

An opinion adopted today reports that the proposed reform deserves a positive assessment, as it completes the evolution of Georgia’s political system towards a parliamentary system and strengthens the powers of parliament. It noted with particular satisfaction the active co-operation of the Parliament of Georgia and the firm public commitment of the Georgian authorities not to adopt any amendments to which the Venice Commission would object.

The move towards the fully proportional system of the election of all the members of Parliament is a welcome change, since the current mixed system has tended to lead to overwhelming majorities of the governing parties in parliament.

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