I have not violated either the essence or the spirit of the Constitution – you could not prove that I did anything wrong or did not do enough to protect our country and support it on the way to European integration, – said the President of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili at the plenary session of the Parliament, where the issue of her impeachment is being discussed.
She claimed that with this impeachment process, the Georgian Dream insults European leaders and pushes the country towards isolation.
“If the Constitution has crossed the line of conscience, now it’s your turn! I am not going to prove anything here, nor to convince anyone of what is already obvious. I have not violated either the essence or the spirit of the Constitution.
“You needed to provide evidence to support the allegations, and you failed to provide any! You did not present facts to prove what you appealed to, that sometimes I sabotaged our European path, sometimes I failed to produce results, sometimes I conducted negotiations, when I did not. You could not prove that I did anything wrong or that I did not do enough to protect our country and support it on the way to European integration. If you don’t believe me, you can check and call Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Charles Michel, Emmanuel Macron, or even Alar Karis, Edgars Rinkēvičs, Gitanas Nausėda. I can go on with the list…
“These are the leaders on whom the granting of our status tomorrow depends, and it must be said that with this impeachment process you insult not only me (and not me at all), but these leaders and lead the country to isolation.
“It is also surprising that at this time and this contrast speaks volumes, you treat the occupying country and its leaders with great respect, moreover, you openly deserve praise from the occupiers, and you are not even embarrassed by it. You are also not embarrassed when the shouting remarks of the occupying country and yours match with each other,” Zurabishvili said.
The discussion of the issue of the removal of the President from office by impeachment began at the plenary session of the Parliament.
The impeachment is being conducted in the form of first reading of the draft law, which means that questions will be asked at the plenary session and there will be speeches with political statements.
Today, after discussion, the issue will be put to a vote. 100 votes are needed to impeach the President.