Opposition holds rally at parliament, protesting possible re-election of former prosecutor general

The opposition says that Irakli Shotadze is backed by the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party Bidzina Ivanishvili. Photo: IPN. 

Agenda.ge, 18 Feb 2020 - 11:55, Tbilisi,Georgia

Members of opposition parties and their supporters are now holding a rally at parliament building in central Tbilisi, protesting Irakli Shotadze’s possible re-election as prosecutor general. 

The opposition says that Shotadze, who resigned in 2018, is “Ivanishvili’s choice” [founder of the ruling Georgian Dream party] and the ruling party MPs will ‘vote for his anyway’ later today. 

Parliament Speaker  Archil Talakvadze has stated that “protests are part of democracy” and everyone in the country has the right to express their views.

As for the issue of the prosecutor general, despite my respect for the opposition, we have a responsibility before the state and public. The opposition may like or dislike a candidate. The final decision is up to parliament,” Talakvadze said.

Shotadze’s candidacy was approved by Parliament's Legal Issues Committee yesterday. 

Shotadze says that he makes decisions independently. Photo: reginfo.

Later today a final vote will take place in parliament during a plenary session. 

If at least 76 MPs of a total of 150 vote for Shotadze, he will become the country’s first prosecutor general elected by parliament twice.

Shotadze, who was the first Georgian prosecutor general elected by parliament in 2015, was nominated for the post by a legal entity, the Georgian Technical University. 

The post became vacant after former Chief Prosecutor Shalva Tadumadze was approved as lifetime judge of the Georgian Supreme Court in December 2019. 

The ruling Georgian Dream party, which has more than 90 MPs in parliament, vows support for Shotadze.

The opposition and the civil sector strongly oppose Shotadze’s reelection.