Some don’t seem to understand that a democracy requires a plurality of views, one person, one party ruling, everything works against that. In fact, that risks the tyranny of the majority. Such a statement made today the US Ambassador to Georgia.
“It was also one of the positive outcomes of the October, 2020 parliamentary elections, that the lower threshold allowed nine very diverse parties to enter the Parliament. If the current 5% threshold is retained, it’s likely that 2, maybe 3 political parties would make it across the threshold in the next elections.
That’s not the trajectory that would allow greater diversity, greater plurality in the Parliament that would allow more Georgian views perspectives to be represented in Parliament, which is what I think, what I know, all Georgia’s political leaders agreed was a positive thing. It is also what international experts have recommended for Georgia.
So, I think it would be unfortunate if something that all the political parties, including the ruling party, agreed was a positive for Georgia, is not followed through on”, - said Kelly Degnan.