Should Number of MPs Be Boosted?
17 November, 2011
Should Number of MPs Be Boosted?

 

Most are against changing the decision made by referendum

The project of Constitutional amendment to increase the number of MPs from current 150 to 190 has already been initiated in the Parliament and reached the review phase. However, most of the opposition members and experts call this move of the Government illegal basing their assertion on the fact that the past decision on shrinking of MP ranks was made according to the referendum and therefore the issue changed via referendum could be

further altered only via referendum.

Irakli Alasania, Leader of Free Democrats, demands from the Authorities to hold a referendum whether the people of Georgia accept the intended change. He dabs the draft amendment “the unilateral decision of President Saakashvili”. He notes that this intention overturns the wish of Georgian people expressed in the 2003 referendum which accepted the motion to reduce the number of MPs down to 150.

At the same time it must be recalled that the Authorities and a part of the opposition participating in the election consensus jointly agreed on the increase of MP number as early as the last July.

The Authorities maintain that at that time the decision on the reduction of MP number was not made on the basis of referendum. However, there are stenographic records where Majority representatives and Saakashvili himself state that they were following the referendum results. So, experts and most of the opposition do not share the Governmental argument. The Government however does not care about their opinion. Moreover, Saakashvili is trying to blame opposition for everything. After the issue turned up in the center of debates, the President made two emergency statements that he did not want the MP number to increase but he was doing it on request of the opposition.

 

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