Charles Michel publishes new proposal to Georgian political parties to resolve political conflict
April 19, 2021

Charles Michel publishes new proposal to Georgian political parties to resolve political conflict

On 18 April, President of the European Council Charles Michel made a new detailed proposal to the representatives of Georgian political parties for a way ahead for Georgia.

In the document, Charles Michel proposes to address in a short time the perceptions of politicised justice, to adopt ambitious electoral and judicial reforms, and to introduce power sharing in the Parliament. The President of the European Council also envisages that early parliamentary elections shall be called in 2022 if the Georgian Dream party receives less than 43% of valid proportional votes in the October 2021 local self-government elections.

This is an agreement all Members can sign in good faith rather than a unilateral action that undermines the goal of a broad-based agreement, says the joint statement, issued on the same day by the European Union and the United States. Both sides called on all Members of Georgia’s Parliament to sign the agreement proposed by European Council President Michel.

The institutional reforms in the agreement represent important progress for Georgia’s democratic development and are of significant benefit for its citizens, helping to create a more independent judiciary, stronger electoral processes, and a Parliament that can better reflect the voices of all people of Georgia,” says the statement. Accepting this compromise demonstrates courage and a commitment by all parties to put the needs of the citizens of Georgia first, ahead of the interests of any one political party.

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