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All governmental branches celebrated Constitution Day together

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Wednesday, August 26
President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili brought together all the governmental branches and more than 900 guests to celebrate the day of the national constitution after 20 years from its adoption on August 24.

In his welcome speech, the President touched upon the importance of the document and emphasized the significance of raising public awareness towards the country’s major laws.

Margvelashvili stated that the main value of the constitution is that it unites people with different approaches around the most important values.

“The unity for common values has survived in Georgia and the process should continue.

“The constitution should be a public document used by each individual not only for protecting own values and rights, but for the participating in the process of state building as well,” Margvelashvili said.

In order to raise awareness over the constitution the President stated that his office is launching a competition for children with the title “My Constitution” that, according to him, provides more knowledge and debates over the essential document.

Margvelashvili also initiated on declaring August 24 as a day-off.

In his speech Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said that unlike the previous government the current government does its best to protect the constitution from permanent amendments.

He stressed that the Georgian leadership managed to protect the interests of all sides that are the guarantees of the well-function of the major law.

“We supported the independence of the court and the media and empowered those institutions that are responsible for protecting constitutional rights,” Gharibashvili said.

Parliament Speaker Davit Usupashvili stressed that the Georgian constitution has one shortcoming and this shortcoming is that it fails to cover the whole Georgian territory.

“We should protect the constitution and meet its content. If we do it we will transform Georgia as one of the most advanced countries and it will the precondition for the reintegration,” Usupashvili said.

Twenty years ago, Georgia adopted the first Constitution, which established three branches of the Government: legislative, executive and judicial. Since then the Constitution has changed several times; the latest amendments were made on October 15, 2010.