Adam Kinzinger – I hope that situation over proportional system of elections will be settled soon
Adam Kinzinger – I hope that situation over proportional system of elections will be settled soon

Being the co-chair of Group of Georgia’s Friends, I call on Georgian official persons for immediate resumption of negotiations and approve the draft-package of the proposed constitutional changes – Congressmen Adam Kinzinger of Illinois commented about the parliament’s turning down of constitutional changes prepared by the parliamentary majority regarding transformation onto the proportional system of elections for 2020 parliamentary polls in Georgia.

Kinzinger said that he was “shocked” when he learnt about the decision made by the parliament. “The package was the commitment taken before the international community and the Georgian people,” the Congressman said and claimed that Georgian people deserved more than what the parliament showed to them.

“This morning, I was shocked to hear about the collapse of promised reforms in the Georgia Parliament, after officials downvoted the move to a proportional election system. During my visit to the country last week, I was pleased by what seemed to be the inevitability of this reform package. This commitment was made to the international community, and most importantly, to the Georgian people. It is my hope that this situation can be fixed – and fixed very soon.

“When we look to this region, it’s important to remember that Russia is a failing country courtesy of its repressive governance. Georgia is not Russia, and the Georgian people demand and deserve better than what their Parliament showed them today.

“As co-chair of the House Georgia Caucus, I’m calling on Georgian officials to resume negotiations immediately and pass this important reform package. Georgians want a government of, for, and by the people. They want a government that is more aligned with the west and they want to be recognized as a NATO ally. Failure to deliver this constitutional amendment will be a gift for Vladimir Putin, and will destroy the progress Georgia has made to reach complete independence and separation from an aggressive, encroaching neighbor in Russia,”- Adam Kinzinger stated.

The constitutional changes prepared by the parliamentary majority regarding transformation onto the proportional system of elections were turned down in the parliament on November 14. Some majority MPs left their parliamentary seats and posts. The oppositional parties and Georgian public representatives turned to the street in protest.

 

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