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PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia welcome yesterday’s adoption of constitutional amendment

Strasbourg, 26.03.2013 – The monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), have welcomed yesterday’s adoption, with broad bipartisan support, of the constitutional amendment that removed the possibility for the President to appoint a new government without the parliament’s approval.

“This amendment takes away an important source of misunderstanding and tension. We therefore welcome it, and especially the fact that it was adopted with broad bi-partisan support following an agreement between the ruling majority and opposition,” said the two co-rapporteurs.

“We expect that the same willingness to co-operate and compromise will also prevail in the deliberations over other important items on the agenda of the parliament, such as the reform of the High Council of Justice. Such willingness to compromise and co-operate can form a good basis for fruitful co-habitation,” they added.

The co-rapporteurs will visit Georgia from 7 to 12 April in the framework of the ongoing monitoring procedure of the Parliamentary Assembly to discuss the latest political developments and ongoing reforms in the country.


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