Georgian President Zurabishvili vetoes controversial ‘Russian regulation’ | EUROtoday

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Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili on Saturday put a principally symbolic veto on the “foreign influence” regulation that sparked unprecedented protests and warnings from Brussels that the measure would undermine Tbilisi’s European aspirations.

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Ruling Georgian Dream social gathering lawmakers voted by the laws this week in defiance of protesters, who’re frightened the ex-Soviet republic is shifting away from a pro-Western course again towards Russia.

The transfer has sparked a wave of protests unprecedented within the latest historical past of the Black Sea nation, the place in keeping with opinion polls greater than 80 % of the inhabitants needs to hitch the European Union and NATO, and is staunchly anti-Kremlin.

“Today I set a veto… on the law, which is Russian in its essence, and which contradicts our constitution,” she stated in a televised assertion, talking concerning the invoice that critics describe as resembling Russian laws used to silence dissent.

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Brussels has stated the measure is “incompatible” with Georgia’s bid for EU membership, which is enshrined within the nation’s structure.

Georgian Dream has sufficient lawmakers in parliament to override her veto.

Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze has signalled his social gathering’s readiness to contemplate Zurabishvili’s proposed amendments to the regulation, ought to she lay them out in her veto doc.

But figurehead president Zurabishvili – at loggerheads with the ruling social gathering – has dominated out the prospect of getting into “false, artificial, misleading negotiations” with Georgian Dream.

The invoice requires NGOs and media retailers that obtain greater than 20 % of their funding from overseas to register as our bodies “pursuing the interests of a foreign power”.

Georgian Dream insists it’s dedicated to becoming a member of the EU, and portrays the invoice as aimed toward growing the transparency of NGO funding.