About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 14:23 - 28 Apr.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Margvelashvili Sworn-in as New President
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 17 Nov.'13 / 13:29

Giorgi Margvelashvili, 44, was sworn in as Georgia’s fourth president for a five-year term on November 17 in an oath-taking ceremony in the courtyard of parliament’s old building in Tbilisi center.

“I, the President of Georgia, before the God and the Nation, declare to observe the Constitution of Georgia, defend the independence, unity and indivisibility of the country, to perform faithfully the duties of the President, to take care for the security and welfare of the citizens of my country and for the revival and might of my nation and homeland,” Margvelashvili said, placing his hand on the Georgian constitution brought on a rostrum by chairman of the constitutional court.

After the oath-taking, Margvelashvili delivered inauguration speech.

The oath-taking ceremony marked entry into force of a new constitution, which significantly cuts new president’s powers at the expense of increasing prime ministerial authorities.

The new constitutional model is mainly regarded to be a shift from a rather presidential system to a mixed one where the executive power is concentrated within PM and government, which are accountable to the Parliament:

  • Under the new constitution the President remains the head of state, a commander-in-chief and represents the country (and is no longer a “supreme” representative as it was under the previous constitution) in foreign relations;
  • President no longer “leads and exercises” domestic and foreign policy of the state; this authority is delegated to PM and the government;
  • President has the right to carry out negotiations with governments of other countries or to sign international treaties, but only with approval from the government;
  • President has the right to appoint or dismiss chief of staff of the armed forces and other top military commanders, but only with agreement of the government;
  • Many of the legal acts issued by the President require authorization from the Prime Minister; but no authorization will be needed for presidential acts issued during war, as well as acts concerning a decision to dissolve the Parliament, calling elections, signing bills into law, appointing judges;
  • President has the the right to appoint or dismiss ambassadors upon nomination by the government (it will no longer be up to the Parliament to confirm ambassadorial nominations);
  • President has no longer the right to initiate draft laws;
  • Although under the new constitution presidential powers are significantly reduced, the new president retains an important role in case of non-confidence vote to the government; President will have the right to veto prime ministerial nomination by the Parliament. The procedure for non-confidence vote itself is lengthy and complex, which may take 50-60 days or possibly even 70-80 days in case of the presidential veto on prime ministerial nominee.
  • President will have the right to appear before the Parliament once in a year to deliver annual report;

 After taking oath of office, Margvelashvili delivered inauguration speech and headed to the Hero Square where he laid a wreath at a memorial of fallen Georgian soldiers.

Also on Sunday Margvelashvili will hold over dozen of bilateral meetings with visiting foreign dignitaries. In his capacity of the president, Margvelashvili held his first meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Latest News
28 Apr.'17 14:23
FH: Press Freedom Declines in Georgia
Georgia scores a point lower in Freedom House’s Press Freedom report.
27 Apr.'17 17:56
Foreign Ministers Open German-Georgian Year
Mikheil Janelidze met his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
27 Apr.'17 16:14
Georgia, Romania Agree to Boost Trade, Political Ties
Prime Ministers issued a Declaration on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations.
27 Apr.'17 15:42
Two Persons Sent to Pretrial Detention over Batumi Unrest
21 persons were arrested following the March 11-12 unrest in Batumi.
26 Apr.'17 16:36
Tbilisi Concerned over Jerusalem Patriarch’s Abkhazia Statement
Georgian Ambassador to Israel meets Theophilos III, speaks about his meeting with Abkhaz pilgrims.
26 Apr.'17 13:18
South Ossetia Government Resigns
The region’s new leader Anatoly Bibilov will form a new government in two weeks.
26 Apr.'17 12:13
Watchdog Keeps Georgia’s Press Freedom Index Unchanged
Reporters Without Borders ranks Georgia 64th in the table of 180 countries with 27.76 points in the survey.
26 Apr.'17 10:29
Georgia Ratifies Europe’s Energy Community Accession Agreement
The Parliament of Georgia ratified the agreement with 89 MPs voting unanimously in favor.
25 Apr.'17 17:59
Georgian MoD Adopts Strategic Defense Review for 2017-2020
Defense Ministry considers Russia the primary threat, seeks to strengthen defense capabilities.
25 Apr.'17 14:33
Sokhumi Begins Issuing Residence Permits to Ethnic Georgians
Abkhaz authorities introduce new document for non-citizens for the term of five years.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
49