Saakashvili Losing Powers
- Mar. 24 2013 00:00
- Last edited 17:24
Georgia's parliament has tentatively approved legislation toástrip President Mikheil Saakashvili ofásome ofáhis powers, including theáright toádismiss theáCabinet andáparliament.
Lawmakers unanimously backed theámotion ináthe first ofáthree readings andáSaakashvili, who has theápower toásend legislation back toáthe parliament, indicated that he would accept this law if it were passed.
"I was never going toádismiss theágovernment or theáparliament," he said inátelevised remarks after theávote Thursday. "But this vote was important forádemocratic dialogue ináour country."
Saakashvili's National Movement party supported theálegislation, also saying that theápresident had no intention ofáfiring anyone.
Saakashvili, whose term ends ináOctober, is ináan uneasy power-sharing arrangement with billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose Georgian Dream coalition won parliamentary elections last October.