About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 17:05 - 24 Oct.'16
GD, UNM Agree on Presidential Security Service
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 29 Dec.'12 / 15:42

The Special State Protection Service (SSPS) will be transferred under the government’s subordination, but a separate unit will be established specifically for providing security for an incumbent President, which will be under the presidential control.

Relevant legislative amendments were passed with the second reading with 106 votes to 2 on December 28 as a result of an agreement between the governing Georgian Dream (GD) party and President Saakashvili’s United National Movement (UNM).

The Special State Protection Service (SSPS), which next year will have GEL 50 million budget, is in charge of providing security to high-ranking officials, as well as security of various state facilities and buildings.

SSPS is currently under the President’s subordination.

Its powers increased four days after the October 1 parliamentary elections after the President ordered to transfer the Agency for Special State Communications from the subordination of the Interior Ministry to SSPS. The Agency for Special State Communications is in charge of running secure communication lines for top level and senior officials, among them the President, parliamentary speaker, members of the National Security Council and others.

Also on October 5 President Saakashvili issued a decree transferring state agency in charge of maintenance and providing proper functioning of governmental and presidential residences and facilities under the subordination of SSPS; the agency was previously under the Economy Ministry’s subordination.

Earlier this month the Parliament launched discussions on Georgian Dream-proposed legislative amendments offering to transfer SSPS entirely from President to government’s subordination, triggering UNM’s and President Saakashvili’s protest. The amendment was even passed with its first and second reading, but later GD and UNM reached an agreement on compromise proposal and the draft was returned back to the stage of second hearing and amended.

As a result a separate presidential security service will be established, which will be under President Saakashvili’s subordination, while rest of the SSPS will move under the government’s control. The new agency will be in charge of providing security solely to sitting president and presidential family.

Latest News
24 Oct.'16 17:05
New Secretary of NSC Appointed
Davit Rakviashvili, former deputy state minister for reintegration, was appointed to this position.
24 Oct.'16 16:37
CEC Summarizes Proportional, Majoritarian MP Election Results
77 seats in the new Parliament will be allocated to three parties under the proportional representation.
24 Oct.'16 14:05
Some UNM Leaders Slam Roelofs’ Decision to Withdraw from MP Runoff
Ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili denied any involvement in the decision of his wife. 
23 Oct.'16 14:34
Repeat Elections in Four Precincts Go to Runoffs
UNM and GD candidates will compete in the second rounds in Marneuli and Zugdidi.
22 Oct.'16 20:39
Polls Closed, Vote Count Underway
Outcome of repeat elections will decide whether runoffs will be required in Marneuli and Zugdidi.
22 Oct.'16 14:11
CEC: Voter Turnout in Four Precincts by Noon
The highest voter turnout was recorded in precinct No.108 in the village of Jikhashkari by noon.
22 Oct.'16 11:00
Polls Open for Repeat Elections in Four Precincts
Repeat vote should decide whether races for Zugdidi and Marneuli majoritarian MP seats go into runoff.
21 Oct.'16 19:24
One Soldier Dead After Army Truck Overturns in Eastern Georgia
Accident occurred near the village of Bodbe when the truck was transporting 37 soldiers.
21 Oct.'16 13:50
Final Results of Adjara Elections
4 parties cleared threshold: GDDG - 45.13%; UNM - 29.62%; Burjanadze’s party - 5.89%, APG - 5.7%.
20 Oct.'16 19:10
Constitutional Court Elects New Chairman
Zaza Tavadze, who is a member of the Constitutional Court since 2010, took the chairmanship.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2016, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.