EPP evaluates failure to switch to a proportional electoral system as suppression of democracy in Georgia
EPP evaluates failure to switch to a proportional electoral system as suppression of democracy in Georgia

The European People’s Party released a statement in connection with the parliament’s turning down of constitutional changes last week regarding transformation onto the proportional system of elections that generated protest of the opposition and public in Georgia.

EPP evaluates failure to switch to a proportional electoral system as suppression of democracy and holds the ruling party entirely responsible for the political crises in Georgia.

“EPP is strongly disappointed by the cynical and unfaithful step of the ruling party towards the commitment it made to its citizens to switch to a proportional electoral system.

All Georgian political parties, supported by the international community, agreed that a proportional system is necessary for a pluralistic political environment, while the existing mixed system is rightly criticized for producing supermajorities.

The responsibility for the political crises in Georgia lies entirely on the current government, therefore, we urge Georgian authorities to abstain from the use of force, to respect the right of freedom of assembly and to consider political solutions on the table.

The failure to find a compromise will put the country on a dangerous path, resulting in severe disappointment for Georgia’s friends and only those who want to derail Georgia from its Euro-Atlantic path will benefit,” reads the statement released by EPP on November 19.

 

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