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President Margvelashvili: I Will Not Team up with Anyone and Never Bargain over the Constitution

The above statement was made by the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili at the meeting with Samtskhe-Javakheti State University students in Akhaltsikhe.
“There have been remarks that some political compromises have been made and a president will be elected indirectly not from 2023, but from 2018. Talks are going on as if some political compromises have been made and some political figures have entered into a dialogue with the Constitutional Commission members.
I will never team up with anyone and never bargain over the Constitution - the fundamental document that I believe should unite everyone and not stand as a summative document of individual politicians’ ambitions.
I have never bargained over this crucial document of the country.
I address everyone who has expressed own position on this issue – I understand that everyone is a politician and everyone has own interests, but bargaining over this document and putting some personal interests in it is absolutely wrong.
We should all be honest and my answer to these messages would be – do not spare your efforts in vain; my interest is not bargaining over the Constitution with anyone behind people’s back”, - stated the President.
According to President Margvelashvili, the Constitutional Commission has amended the Constitution without any consensuses. The most important and fundamental document of the country was not signed by any opposition parties; moreover, they have left the Commission and only the ruling party has signed the document.
As he further noted, the Commission has not considered the views, expressed by the opposition parties on the reduction of the election barrier, the right to form political blocs and the issues of undistributed mandates.
As the President noted, putting a ban on forming blocs, according to the opposition parties, will make it difficult for them to overcome the barrier; therefore, it will result not in a multi-party, but in a bipolar parliament.
Also, the opposition parties consider it unjust that undistributed mandates are appropriated by the winning political force and this injustice is included in the new version of the Constitution. This system is neither favorable for the voters, as their votes are appropriated by the winning party and not the one they voted for.
The Presidential campaign, “Constitution for All”, as a part of which President Margvelashvili has already visited 5 regions of Georgia and held 8 public meetings, begun in March. It aims at increasing public involvement in the constitutional amendment process.
At the meetings with young people, non-governmental organizations and political parties, which are also attended by the Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili and the advisors to the President, people have an opportunity to express their views and ask questions to the President on the draft of the amended Constitution, already adopted by the Constitutional Commission.