Parliament Speaker: Amnesty bill to be initiated no later than April 26-30 and adopted without delay
Parliament Speaker: Amnesty bill to be initiated no later than April 26-30 and adopted without delay

“We plan to initiate the amnesty bill no later than the plenary session April 26-30 week. The bill will be adopted with no delay,” Speaker of Georgian Parliament Archil Talakvadze stated.

According to Talakvadze, the compromise agreement-signatory opposition parties would engage in preparing the draft.

The Parliament Speaker stressed the parliamentary majority is ready to convene an extraordinary sitting of the Parliament to pass the amnesty law as soon as possible.

“The agreement reached through the mediation of the European Council President Charles Michel is an important step that helps the Georgian government to continue strengthening the democracy, with the support of international partners and cooperation with the signatory opposition parties. A stable and effective political system is in the interests of our country and our fellow citizens. As soon as the agreement created under the auspices of President Michel was signed, the media started speculating about the compromise document’s point related to criminal cases. We want to provide univocal information to the public: we plan to initiate the amnesty bill no later than the plenary sessions on April 26-30. The bill will be adopted with no delay. The compromise agreement-signatory opposition parties will engage in preparing the draft. The parliamentary majority is ready to convene an extraordinary sitting of the Parliament to pass the amnesty law as soon as possible. The amnesty law will be adopted following the terms set out in the agreement. The Georgian Dream has no prejudiced interest in this issue, and it did not demand any additional conditions in the negotiation over this clause of the paper.

We appeal to all interested parties to refrain from any speculation regarding the agreement reached, especially if they do not represent the parties involved in the negotiations and the signatories. Such speculations may, in one case, serve to discredit the signatory parties, and on the other hand, aim to delay the process of its implementation. Obviously, this falls within the interests of destructive groups in Georgia and abroad and opposes the democratic process,” Talakvadze said.

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