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‘Election confirms Georgia’s democratic credentials’ - The Parliament
‘Election confirms Georgia’s democratic credentials’ - The Parliament
The recent elections in Georgia showed 'great promise' and were a 'testament' to their democracy, an article published in The Parliament says. ‘Election confirms Georgia’s democratic credentials’ is the title of the article.
‘’These are historic times for Georgia's democracy and its European integration process. After last year's smooth and peaceful transfer of power, the presidential elections of October 27 further confirmed Georgia's democratic credentials. Meanwhile, the victory of Georgi Margvelashvili, candidate of the current Georgian Dream government, underscored the depth of change on Georgia's political scene as the era of Mikhail Saakashvili comes to a close. This coincides with the entry into force of constitutional changes that tilt power away from the presidency and in favour of the government and the legislature.
That such sweeping changes took place without any major political instability is a testament to the maturity and strength of Georgia's democracy. This achievement appears all the more remarkable against the background of Georgia's security predicament and Russia's increasing pressure on Tbilisi and other Eastern partnership capitals ahead of the Vilnius summit later this month.
As one of the most successful Eastern Partnership countries - in terms of commitment to EU values and reform implementation - Georgia strongly deserves a qualitative upgrade of its relations with the EU. It is therefore vital to ensure that the association and deep and comprehensive free trade agreements (DCFTA), to be initialled in Vilnius, are signed and enter into force as soon as possible. They shall constitute a framework for Georgia's reform process and accelerate the alignment of legislation with EU standards. If properly implemented, the association agenda has the capacity to transform Georgia's administrative and economic structures, bringing tangible benefits to all its citizens.
In the months and years ahead, the priority of the government - and of EU assistance - should be institution-building and strengthening of the rule of law. For Georgia's democratic progress to be sustainable, the country needs stable and credible institutions, including a strong oversight role of the Parliament. Georgia needs to move beyond the previous reliance on personalized policy-making that had marked the presidency of Mikhail Saakashvili. The announced stepping down of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanshvili can therefore be seen as an opportunity for Georgia to address this legacy.
Finally, European integration in Georgia can only succeed if it continues to be anchored in a broad domestic consensus. It also requires a constructive relationship between the government, the opposition parties, and civil society. In this respect, the conduct of the last parliamentary and presidential elections is very encouraging, and holds great promise for Georgia's European future’’, the article says.
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