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Change to electoral system to be implemented after protests in Georgia

Ivanishvili agreed to changed to the electoral system as per the protesters’ demands.

The Georgian government agreed to a change in the parliamentary electoral system, one of the protesters’ demands in demonstrations that began 4 days ago, in response to a Russian deputy attending the 26th Orthodox Inter-Parliamentary General Assembly meeting in the capital Tbilisi.

The protests started on the second day of the 26th Orthodox Inter-Parliamentary General Assembly, opened in Tbilisi last week, in response to Sergei Gavrilov, a member of the Russian Communist Party and Duma member of the Russian delegation, sitting in the seat of the head of the Parliament.

The ruling Georgian Hayali Party President Bizina Ivanishvili said at a press conference that the general elections in 2020 were decided to be held according to a proportional representation system rather than a majority system. 

They also decided to remove the election threshold system stating that the threshold will be removed for the year 2020.

Georgian billionaire businessman and former Prime Minister Ivanishvili said they are ready to negotiate with all political parties starting this week.

TUNA AYBURC

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