Georgian government will apply to the Constitutional Court to confirm the violation of the Constitution of Georgia by President Salome Zourabichvili, the Political Board of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party said in a statement.
GD reminded President that she should respect the Constitution of Georgia and her constitutional duties and obligations. All state institutions and the President, in particular, are obliged to respect the Constitution, GD said.
According to Georgian Dream, the Georgian President’s several visits to foreign countries without the agreement of the government is a violation of the Constitution, to which the ruling party “considers a political response necessary.”
The ruling party suspects that the President “deliberately violated the Constitution.”
“In accordance with the exclusive authority of the Government of Georgia in the field of foreign policy, in terms of conducting international negotiations and exercising representative powers, the Constitution of Georgia gives priority to the Government.
According to the Constitution, the President of Georgia can conduct international negotiations and exercise representative powers only with the consent of the Government. In violation of this constitutional reservation, without the consent of the Government of Georgia, the President of Georgia, as she herself admitted at yesterday’s sitting, made several visits to different countries.
It should also be noted that these visits were planned by the President without any prior consultation with the Government and the Government was informed of the visits only after that, confirming that the President had intentionally violated the Constitution.
We have taken care of the institution of the President and have not made this fact public, however, now that the President herself has made it public, we consider it necessary to have a political response to it. Interestingly, in her speech yesterday, the President did not say a word about her European visits, when she explained the convening of an extraordinary session on March 5 with the need to submit an urgent report on the visit. This fact also shows that the President returned from Europe without any tangible results,” GD said in a statement.
In the annual report delivered in the Georgian parliament on March 14, Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili spoke about “restrictions imposed on the President’s international activities” by the government. Salome Zourabichvili said she was banned from making working visits to Paris, Brussels, Berlin and Warsaw.
“I found it necessary to use my contacts and recast working visits into personal meetings. I think similar approaches and restrictions are harmful to our country, located in such a complex region. There is no time for restrictions, on the contrary, we should be involved at the international level as much as possible,” President said.