Georgia’s parliament formally revoked a “foreign influence” bill that sparked major protests this week and an international outcry, CNN reports.
The media outlet noted that Friday’s announcement came a day after the country’s ruling party announced it would scrap the proposed legislation, hours after tens of thousands of people rallied outside the Georgian parliament for a second night of protests. Senior officials in the US and the European Union also expressed concern over the bill.
The revocation of the draft law in the Parliament of Georgia in the Parliament of Georgia was also covered by Reuters.
“Georgia’s parliament on Friday dropped plans for a “foreign agents” bill that had triggered a major domestic political crisis and threatened to derail the Caucasus nation’s bid for closer ties with Europe. Lawmakers voted against the legislation in the second reading on Friday, according to the Georgian parliament’s website, after the ruling Georgian Dream party pulled its support for the bill. Tens of thousands of Georgians had taken to the streets in the capital Tbilisi for three consecutive nights of protest against the initiative, saying the government was trying to take the country in an increasingly authoritarian direction”, Reuters reports.