MPs get into verbal altercations at plenary
MPs get into verbal altercations at plenary

Noise and verbal sparring occurred today at a plenary of the Georgian Parliament after the ruling party MP, Irakli Beraia, rejected opposition MP Teona Akubardia’s allegations of ineffective work at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, labelling her as misleading. Beraia stated, “Whenever discussions about Georgia arose at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Teona Akubardia was consistently absent from the hall. She either chose to go shopping or was too lazy to get up due to a hangover.”

Another opposition MP, Khatia Dekanoidze, criticized the remarks made by Irakli Beraia and Aluda Ghudushauri towards MPs Ana Tsitlidze and Teona Akubardia, considering them sexist, insulting, and violent against women. Iago Khvichia joined in defending his colleagues, demanding an apology from Irakli Beraia to the female MP.

In response, Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili urged Iago Khvichia not to speak from a moral pedestal.

Following these statements, a verbal altercation erupted between Iago Khvichia, Irakli Kadagishvili, and Mamuka Mdinaradze in the session hall.

Finally, the Defense and Security Committee Chair, Irakli Beraia, admitted his “speech in parliament was overly emotional.”

“For which I sincerely want to apologize,” he said, adding it is way painful when the ruling team is accused of violating national interests.