Tensions Flare in Georgian Parliament Over Reintroduction of Controversial Legislation - VİDEO

World 18:11 03.04.2024

The parliamentary session in Georgia commenced today amidst heated exchanges among deputies, as reported by Ednews, citing Georgian media sources. The confrontation erupted when Aleko Elisashvili, representing the opposition party "Citizens," condemned the ruling "Georgian Dream" party's decision to reintroduce the bill "On Foreign Agents," likening it to a "Russian law" and deeming it insulting to the nation.

Elisashvili's remarks incited strong reactions from members of the ruling party, leading to a verbal altercation that escalated into a physical altercation.

In response to the escalating tensions, Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili intervened, urging deputies to refrain from using provocative language. He subsequently asked Elisashvili to leave the session hall in an effort to restore order.

The reintroduction of the bill "On Foreign Agents" has reignited a contentious debate that first erupted in March of last year, sparking widespread protests and condemnation from both the opposition and international observers. The proposed legislation has been criticized as a threat to democratic principles and Georgia's aspirations for European integration.

The US Embassy in Georgia has strongly denounced the bill, labeling it as "Kremlin-inspired" and warning against its advancement, citing concerns over its compatibility with Georgia's democratic aspirations. The embassy's condemnation underscores the deep-seated apprehensions surrounding the legislation and its potential implications for Georgia's political landscape and international standing.


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