PACE president in Georgia: stop playing, put EU-mediated agreement into practice

PACE President Rik Daems arrived in Georgia on an official visit earlier today. Photo:parliament of Georgia press office., 27 Jul 2021 - 15:50, Tbilisi,Georgia

President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Rik Daems has urged Georgian political parties to practically implement the April 19 EU-mediated agreement which includes large-scale reforms including in the electoral and judiciary fields. 

Daems, who has met with the Georgian opposition and MPs earlier today, said that the EU-mediated agreement, which solved a six-month political crisis in Georgia, should be ‘fully implemented without further delay.’ 

He said that the fulfilment of the agreement will push Georgia towards ‘full European integration’. 

Daems said that he has ‘never heard’ of municipal elections and ‘something like a referendum’ being conducted simultaneously  as is planned in Georgia for the October 2 municipal elections. 

Per the EU-mediated agreement if the ruling Georgian Dream party receives less than 43 per cent of total votes in the municipal elections, a repeat parliamentary elections must be held in the country, as the opposition has demanded this since the 2020 parliamentary elections.