It’s a Shame Movement Announces Rally in front of Parliament

Organizers of the It’s a Shame movement call on citizens to gather in front of the Parliament at 19:00 today, claiming that mobilization of the public is necessary to ensure that the ruling party Georgian Dream does not refuse transition to a proportional election system for the 2020 elections.

The demonstration is titled 'Do Not Dare.' 

"We need to mobilize as many people as possible, as the only thing that scares Bidzina Ivanishvili is the loss of his property and a lot of people against him. We will even start picketing and will launch large protests until proportional elections are not secured. We should ensure that this shameless government hears our voice," said Giga Makarashvili, one of the organizers of the rally.  

The Parliament of Georgia has postponed the voting on the draft law on electoral changes for tomorrow. 

The decision was announced by Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze after consultations with the majority leaders, the Chairman of the Georgian Dream Party Bidzina Ivanishvili and the opposition, which was supported by the Parliament.

Talakvadze explained that the voting was postponed because "there is still a difference between opinions within the majority and it would be a wise decision not to put the vote at risk today.”

The draft law prepared by the opposition regarding the change of the electoral system envisages holding the parliamentary elections in 2020 through a proportional system with a three-percent barrier and the admission of electoral alliances. 

The members of the parliamentary majority say they do not support allowing electoral alliances and maintaining a three-percent barrier. 

By Ana Dumbadze

13 November 2019 16:31