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Saakashvili Signs Amendments, Restricting Georgian President's Powers.

Tbilisi. President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has signed the amendments to the Constitution of Georgia, restricting rights

of the head of the state to appoint individually the Cabinet of Ministers in case the parliament is dissolved, Chairman of the Georgian

legislative body David Usupashvili stated on Wednesday, March 27.

The parliament approved the amendments to the Constitution on March 25. "Today the Georgian President has signed the

amendments to the Constitution and today they will be published and come into effect", Usupashvili said.

Under the amendments to the Constitution of Georgia, the President will no longer enjoy a right to dismiss country's

government without the Parliament's consent or maintain his appointed Cabinet of Ministers (for indefinite period of time), provided that

the latter has not been approved by Parliament. Namely, the President will not enjoy a right to dissolve the Parliament, which has

declared no confidence to the President's introduced government three times; as well as appoint the Prime Minister. At the same time,

former Cabinet of Ministers, led by the earlier dismissed Premier, will be maintained. Pursuant to the amendments, the parliament should

not be dissolved "from May before the presidential elections till inauguration of the newly elected head of the state.

"It means that the Georgian President will have no any more temptation to use his right to dissolve the parliament and it will be

able to work calmly", Usupashvili said.

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