We are deeply disappointed by the ruling party’s rushed passage of amendments to Georgia’s Administrative Violations Code today. Expedited passage of these amendments was unnecessary and unhelpful. The lack of meaningful consultation with opposition parties, civil society and other stakeholders raises questions about the purpose of the amendments.
The April 19 agreement among Georgia’s political leaders calls on the parties to act together in good faith to reduce the deep polarization that undermines Georgia’s democratic progress. Georgian Dream, as the majority party in Parliament, has a special responsibility to ensure the April 19 agreement is implemented in that spirit, and to govern transparently and inclusively. By failing to consult fully with stakeholders on such important legislation, the ruling party has fallen short on this occasion.
Georgia now has a broad-based multiparty Parliament, which is what voters chose. It is time for all parties, especially Georgian Dream, to work together in Parliament to address the priority issues of importance to the people of Georgia.