President Margvelashvili vetoes bill on Constitutional Court of Georgia

  • This afternoon President Giorgi Margvelashvili held a special press briefing at his Avlabari Presidential Palace in Tbilisi where he announced his decision. Photo by President's press office
Agenda.ge, 31 May 2016 - 16:02, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili has vetoed a series of changes to the Constitutional Court of Georgia, which the country’s Parliament approved on May 14.

This afternoon Margvelashvili held a special press briefing at his Avlabari Presidential Palace in Tbilisi where he announced his decision.

The President said he had prepared "motivated remarks” and sent them to Parliament for further discussion.

Margvelashvili added he was confident of the Prime Minister and Parliament’s "constructive work” and believed a consensus would be achieved about the bill.

Now Parliament has 15 days to either accept the President's changes or try to overrule the veto. 

Earlier the Venice Commission also issued its preliminary assessment of the changes, and said some of the changes were "very positive” while others needed more work.

The main changes stated in the bill that Georgia's Parliament adopted at is third hearing were connected with the procedure of selecting the Chairperson of the Constitutional Court, their Deputies and Secretary to the Court.

Meanwhile this wasn’t the first time President Margvelashvili used his veto power. Previously he vetoed the bill on surveillance and the bill that envisaged stripping the National Bank of Georgia of its right to supervise financial institutions.

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