18 January 2022,   19:51
Bill proposes stripping parties of state funding if they refuse to take up parliamentary mandates - Irakli Kobakhidze

The Georgian Dream initiated a bill which says that if political parties refuse to take up their mandates in the Parliament, they will not receive state funding (or have it suspended for a year), their MPs will not receive salaries and they will not be able to use free media time during municipal and parliamentary elections. Such a statement made today the leader of the parliamentary majority.

According to Irakli Kobakhidze, the bill also allows the disqualification of parties from registration for elections if their leaders violate the state constitution.

“First of all, we would like to inform you that a package of bills against parliamentary sabotage was initiated in the Parliament yesterday. The package envisages the cessation and suspension of state funding for political parties that do not fully claim parliamentary mandates or whose nominated MPs miss parliamentary plenary sessions for unreasonable reasons…

For example, the founder and the leader of the opposition United National Movement party, Mikheil Saakashvili (who is a citizen of Ukraine) has violated the law several times. The bill, which will be voted on next week, will decrease polarisation in Georgian politics and make healthy opposition parties stronger.