Discussion of New Draft Constitution
2 May 2015
Today, within the frames of overall public discussions of the new Draft Constitution, a special  meeting was held at the Ministry of Defence.  Parliament Speaker Davit Bakradze introduced constitutional changes to the Ministry top officials-Defence Minister Bacho Akhalaia, Chief of the Joint Staff Major-General Devi Chankotadze, Deputy Minister Nodar Kharshiladze and representatives of civil office of MoD and JS.

Davit Bakradze, who leads the Commission organizing the overall public consideration of the new Constitution, cleared out that this is a mixed model of the constitutional document where the role of parliament is largely increased. The new version of the instrument provides balance between the three authority branches –president, legislative and executive powers. The new Constitution will foster much more stable environment in the country.

During discussions, Commission members had to answer the questions of Ministry personnel. As the parliament speaker pointed out, Commission will take into account all the constitution-related standpoints voiced during the meeting.

Following the meeting, Deputy Minister Nodar Kharshiladze made a comment saying that under the new constitution armed forces commanding functions will be divided between the president and the prime minister. “The new Constitution, like the former one, provides the president with authority of appointing the Chief of General Staff and prime minister’s functions also increase, meaning the right of approving different legislative acts and regulations. Upon our recommendation to the Commission, the president retains the right of enacting normative acts needed for the ordinary working process of JS. It is not also expedient when the duties of approving the structure and the rule of its management are divided between the president and the prime minister. These functions should be consolidated into one hand that will lead to more efficient management of GAF.” stated Nodar Kharshiladze.

Davit Bakradze also delivered comments for journalists-“Our Armed Forces, our officers, are valuable representatives of the Georgian society. They really deserve our great respect and  it is very important that we have organized public discussions of the constitutional changes personally for them at the MoD".