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Georgian Parliament-First Session since Elections

Published: October 21, 2012 | 5:00 pm
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The COMMERCIAL TIMES

The first session of the Georgian Parliament since the elections was held on October 21 in the new building in Kutaisi. The recent parliamentary elections drew unprecedented results, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili`s United National Movement Party (UNM) lost against the billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream coalition (GD). Georgia’s 150-seat parliament is led by Georgian Dream, which took 85 seats in the October 1 election, defeating United National Movement, which that won 65 seats.

The President of Georgia opened the first session of the 8th Parliament of Georgia.

“The October 1st election was another step in the building of our common democratic State.A new majority has emerged, a new Parliament is convened today, a new Prime Minister is expected tomorrow, a new government is being formed and a new opposition has consolidated itself.A new majority has emerged, a new Parliament is convened today, a new Prime Minister is expected tomorrow, a new government is being formed and a new opposition has consolidated itself,” declared Saakashvili.

According to Georgian President, the time for campaigning is over: “today comes the time for work. The time to work to create the jobs our people want, the time to work to improve our agriculture, the time to work to make sure our infrastructure is progressing, the time to work to develop our healthcare system, also the time to work to pursue our transatlantic and European integration and our democratic development, as well as to work relentlessly on recovering territorial integrity, de-occupation, preservation of our sovereignty and not falling into our occupier’s trap.”

Saakashvili stated that he offered to the upcoming Prime Minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, his full personal cooperation on the process of the EU and NATO integration, as well as the full cooperation of the NSC and of the Presidential Administration staff. “The EU and NATO are national causes that go well beyond our political differences.”

Davit Usupashvili, member of Georgian Dream Coalition was elected a new chairman of the Georgian parliament. 88 MPs voted for the candidate and none against. UNM did not take part in the voting. GD has 85 seats in the new parliament and it is unclear who voted for Mr. Usupashvili from UNM.

Addressing the first session of the new parliament, Usupashvili declared that “a wind of freedom is blowing in Georgia.”

“The fact that the results of the October 1 elections in Georgia have been recognized by political forces, have been recognized by our society, and have been recognized by international powers is very good,” he said. “This is the most important precedent of Georgia transferring power through elections, but this precedent should be strengthened.”

 

 

 

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