US Congressman Kinzinger: rejection of election bill in Georgia a gift for Putin

US Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger says that the Georgian people demand and deserve better than what their parliament showed them on Thursday. Photo: AP., 15 Nov 2019 - 11:13, Tbilisi,Georgia

US Congressman Adam Kinzinger, one of the initiators of the US Support Act to Georgia, has stated that that the failure [of the Georgian parliament] to deliver constitutional amendment [on Thursday] will be a gift for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The failure will destroy the progress Georgia has made to reach complete independence and separation from an aggressive, encroaching neighbor in Russia,” Kinzinger wrote after the Georgian parliament rejected a ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party proposed bill to transition to a fully proportional electoral system from 2020.

Kinzinger said that “I was shocked to hear about the collapse of promised reforms” in the Georgia parliament, after officials downvoted the move to a proportional election system.