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The News in Brief

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Prepared by Messenger Staff

'Foreign Agents' Law Passed Amidst Protests and Arrests

The "Foreign Agents" law was swiftly adopted by the Georgian Parliament in its third and final reading at the plenary session, with 84 deputies in favor and 30 against. Concurrently, an ongoing protest rally titled "No to the Foreign Agents law!" took place near the parliament building.

According to information from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 13 people were arrested for refusing to comply with police orders and engaging in petty hooliganism at the rally near the Parliament.

The draft law, having passed through three readings, will be sent to the President for signature within ten days. The President then has two weeks to decide whether to sign or veto the document.

President Salome Zourabichvili Meets with European Foreign Affairs Committee Chairmen

The President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili held a meeting with the chairmen of the foreign affairs committees from Germany, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Finland.

The President's administration statement revealed that the delegation condemned "Foreign Agents" law troubling and stated that it will significantly impede Georgia's European integration.

Zourabichvili emphasized Georgia's expectation of clarity and support from Europe to reassure the population, who are dedicatedly striving for a European future, that they are not abandoned.

"The delegation described the draft law as disturbing and noted that it will significantly damage and hinder Georgia's European integration.

The President emphasized that Georgia expects clarity and support from Europe so that the population, which is fighting so selflessly for a European future, does not feel abandoned.

The President also highlighted the importance of conducting high-level visits at this stage. The delegation emphasized that their visit today is proof of their support for Georgia," the statement reads.