The Georgian Parliament did not terminate the mandate of 51 opposition MPs
The parliamentary majority abstained from revoking the mandates of opposition MPs that retained their parliamentary seats in a protest against allegedly manipulated parliamentary elections. This decision was widely acclaimed by western diplomats.
The deputies voted separately for the termination of the powers of each one of opposition MPs, with none of the ruling party Georgian Dream supporting such move.
Before the vote, Georgian Dream Chairperson Irakli Kobakhidze announced the party had decided to refrain from terminating the opposition MP mandates. He argued the decision would allow the lawmakers another chance to „respect their voters‘ will.“
EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell told media that given decision by the ruling party was a right step to take. „There are possibilities to find an agreement that will allow for overall-based participation in the Parliament. I find this the only good outcome of the current crisis. Everything else, I think, will be a lose-lose situation, or a lose-lose-lose situation, because it will be a loss for the ruling party, it will be a loss for the opposition, and most importantly, the loss for the Georgian population“, cited ambassador Georgian agency Interpressnews.
As Civil.ge reminds, of the 51 opposition MPs that retained their parliamentary seats, 36 were elected through the proportional list of the United National Movement-led Strength in Unity Bloc, 5 through the European Georgia, 4 through Lelo, 4 through the Strategy Aghmashenebeli bloc, 1 through the Labor party and 1 through Girchi.
As per the October 31, 2020, parliamentary election results, 60 opposition MPs were elected to the legislature. Besides the 51 MPs participating in the boycott of the Parliament, six opposition lawmakers already took up their mandates, while the remaining three Girchi MPs so far have neither requested revocation nor decided on entering the legislature.