The Head of Georgia’s State Constitutional Commission and Parliamentary Chair, Irakli Kobakhidze, said a constitutional requirement for referenda to be held before new taxes or tax increases can be introduced, which also forbids progressive taxation, will remain in Georgia’s constitution for the next 12 years. [Read more…]
Georgia’s State Constitutional Commission is considering removing a provision in the constitution which requires a referendum to be held before new taxes or tax increases can be introduced, except for excise taxes, and forbids progressive taxation. [Read more…]
On 17 May, Georgian government officials criticised EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and co-chair of the Geneva Discussions, Herbert Salber, after his recent visit to South Ossetia. Salber had congratulated newly elected president of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, on his electoral victory during the meeting in Tskhinvali (Tskhinval) on 16 May.
A recent poll published by the Washington-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) and CRRC Georgia, a Caucasus-based think tank, shows growing disillusionment among Georgians in their government institutions and politicians. Although 69% of those polled continue to believe that the country will be better for future generations, opinion on the nation’s current direction remains largely uncertain. [Read more…]
Georgia’s government is planning sweeping changes to the country’s constitution. According to their proposals the amendments would change the way the president is elected and deprive him of certain powers, define marriage as a ‘union between a man and a woman’, abolish single-member voting constituencies, and ‘guarantee the social rights of its citizens’. [Read more…]
Armenia’s recent parliamentary election delivered a resounding victory to the incumbent Republican Party. However, behind the numbers lies a growing sense of discontent at a patron–client system that serves only certain elites. [Read more…]
Anatoly Bibilov, the speaker of parliament, has won the presidential election in the de facto Republic of South Ossetia. A majority of voters also approved in the 9 April poll, adding ‘the State of Alania’ to South Ossetia’s name.
According to preliminary results from Armenia’s parliamentary elections, the ruling Republican Party (HHK) has won, with 49% of votes. The Tsarukyan Bloc came a distant second, with 27%. The Yelk Alliance with 8% and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), with 7%, also passed the threshold to make it into the parliament. [Read more…]
Residents voted for the remaining 22 members of parliament (MPs) in the second round of parliamentary elections in the de facto Republic of Abkhazia on 26 March. [Read more…]