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MPs to Debate Constitutional Monarchy Idea

Lawmakers are due to debate a proposal by the Patriarch of Georgian Orthodox Church, Illia II, on the establishment of a constitutional monarchy. 

The debate, scheduled for October 25, was initiated by the opposition New Rights party.

The Patriarch said on October 7 it was time to consider establishing a constitutional monarchy. The remarks came amid political confrontation between the authorities and opposition parties. A group of ten opposition parties has launched a campaign calling for the abolition of the presidency and the creation of a parliamentary system of government.

Most opposition parties welcomed the proposal. The ruling National Movement party, however, said a constitutional monarchy would be currently inappropriate for Georgia.

In an interview with the daily Rezonansi on October 11, Parliamentary Chairperson Nino Burjanadze said: ?A presidential system of government, and in particular a strong president, is very important for Georgia at this stage.?

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