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Majority Refuses to Consult with President on New Head of Supreme Court

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Wednesday, August 15
The Georgian Dream majority changed its mind on Tuesday and stated that they would no longer participate in the consultations with President Giorgi Margvelashvili regarding the new head of the Supreme Court of Georgia, as Nino Gvenetadze, former chairperson of the court, resigned in early August.

Last week the majority was ready to cooperate with the president, who is now holding consultations with the civil sector representatives and the political parties about the candidates for the vacant role.

"We are pessimistic that the president will choose an independent candidate. The past has shown us that consultations with the president on the appointment of judges have never had a substantial influence on the final result in any case - as a rule, the president used to appoint members of his staff to the responsible positions in the courts,” Majority leader Archil Talakvadze said.

The administration of the president of Georgia believes that the ruling team members are trying to discredit the “fair selection” process of the Supreme Court Chair.

A couple of days ago Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani also advised the president to evaluate his previous decision on Nino Gvenetadze, who was nominated by the president after lengthy consultations with NGOs and political parties.

Margvelashvili nominated Gvenetadze and parliament approved her in 2015 for ten years term. However, the latter resigned on August two due to the health condition, which is not believed by many.

Members of the High Council of Justice Nazi Janezashvili and Anna Dolidze say that Gvenetadze has been “continuously suppressed” and faced complications on a daily basis in her fight to make the court system healthier.