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Budget Review will Continue in the Absence of the Parliamentary Opposition

Published: December 11, 2013 | 6:12 pm
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The Parliament is hearing the Finance Minister, Nodar Khaduri, in spite of the United National Movement’s boycott and walkout from today’s plenary session.
“It is not exactly a welcome state of affairs when the parliamentary majority gives the opposition grounds for walking out while the Budget is being discussed,” the Chairman of the Parliament, Davit Usupashvili, stated following Giorgi Gabashvili’s speech. Having been urged by Mr Gabashvili to respond to the events of the day, Mr Usupashvili said that he would study the matter in detail before clarifying his position on the issue.
“The most significant issue that faces a Parliament, and state life in general, is supposed to be discussed at today’s session – we are to review the State Budget, and the Finance Minister has arrived. I would like to remind everyone that we are not here to fight the UNM and hold verbal slanging matches with its members. Our task is to govern the country and take it forward. For this, we must do what a Parliament is meant to do – make decisions, adopt legislations, ratify the Budget, etc. Therefore, we will continue to work. This will not be done in the usual rhythm, but we must manage to do the work,” Mr Usupashvili stated.
The UNM boycott was preceded by physical altercation between MPs, which led to a break being called during the plenary session. The altercation took place when Soso Jachvliani aimed insults at Giorgi Baramidze.

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