About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 21:06 - 23 Feb.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
UNM Wants Chairmanship of Planned Parliamentary Investigative Commission
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 30 Oct.'12 / 19:34

Seizing upon Georgian Dream’s pre-election program to facilitate empowering of parliamentary opposition, the United National Movement (UNM) lawmakers have proposed to give parliamentary minority group majority seats in planned parliamentary ad hoc investigative commission and its chairmanship.

The Georgian Dream, which forms the parliamentary majority, plans to parliamentary commission to look into some of the high-profile cases that may include, among others, death of PM Zurab Zhvania in 2005 and murder of Sandro Girgvliani. MP Tina Khidasheli of the Georgian Dream, who is a Republican Party member, is likely to chair this planned investigative commission.

UNM, formerly a ruling party which now forms parliamentary minority group in the newly elected Parliament, has initiated a proposal, which, if approved, will give UNM majority seats in investigative commission, including its chairperson’s post. Under the existing regulations seats in such commission can be equally split between the parliamentary majority and minority groups; chairperson of the commission has to be elected with majority of votes.

PM Bidzina Ivanishvili-led Georgian Dream coalition has vowed in its pre-election program that it would change the rule of composition of parliamentary investigative commission by giving majority of seats, as well as it chairmanship to parliamentary minority group. This change of rule, however, is not expected in short-term period and UNM’s proposal will most likely be turned down by the parliamentary majority. Georgian Dream lawmakers say that the planned investigative commission will look into alleged wrongdoings by former senior officials, who are either members or allies of UNM and it would be inappropriate if UNM representatives chairs such commission. According to current regulations UNM representative can take deputy chairperson’s seat.

When UNM was the ruling party it turned down at least on three occasions then opposition’s proposal to establish parliamentary investigative commissions.

In February 2007 then ruling party, UNM, rejected a proposal by opposition lawmakers to set up a commission to probe into the murder cases of Sandro Girgvliani and Amiran Robakidze; in December 2009 UNM again voted down the same proposal and in October 2011 the Parliament rejected proposal to probe into May 26, 2011 and November 7, 2007 dispersal of anti-government protest rallies by riot police.

An ad hoc parliamentary commission is set up for a term of maximum 6 months with a purpose “to examine cases of violation of Georgian legislation by state agencies and officials, or to study issues of special state and public importance.” Support of at least 76 lawmakers is required to establish the commission.

Latest News
23 Feb.'18 21:06
Tbilisi Lays Responsibility on Russia over Georgian Citizenís Death
Tbilisi reacts with fury to Tatunashvili’s death at the hands of Russian-backed security force in Tskhinvali.
23 Feb.'18 17:09
Danish Foreign Minister Visits Georgia
Anders Samuelsen discussed foreign policy, financial aid program in meetings with Georgian officials.
23 Feb.'18 13:37
Georgian Dies in Tskhinvali Custody
Archil Tatunashvili had been detained in Akhalgori by Tskhinvali security force before dying in custody.
23 Feb.'18 10:42
U.S. Ambassador Bids Farewell to Georgia
Ian Kelly highlighted internal political challenges Georgia is facing in his farewell address.
22 Feb.'18 14:05
Georgia in TIís 2017 Corruption Perception Index
Georgia’s score in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception Index has slightly worsened.
22 Feb.'18 12:40
Parliament Overrides Presidential Veto on Broadcasting Law
The amendments have triggered strong criticism from CSOs, media outlets and parliamentary opposition.
22 Feb.'18 11:04
Georgia in Amnestyís Annual Human Rights Report
The Amnesty International highlights several concerns regarding the state of human rights in Georgia.
21 Feb.'18 18:14
Crimean Tatar Mejlis Chairman Visits Georgia
Refat Chubarov met Georgian parliamentary speaker and government minister during his stay in the country.
21 Feb.'18 16:38
President Campaigns to Engage Youth in Centennial Celebrations
Georgia will mark the centennial anniversary of restoration of its statehood on May 26, 2018.
21 Feb.'18 13:26
Foreign Minister Warns Against Visa-Waiver Abuse
Over 220,000 Georgian citizens have enjoyed visa free travel to the Schengen area.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
72