Georgia’s Dangerous Slide Away From Democracy

10 Dec 2019

(Carnegie Europe) (Co-authored with Bidzina Lebanidze) The EU should help Georgia overcome its latest political crisis and in that way invest in the further democratization and stability of the wider region.

It’s a repetition Georgia could do without.

This strategically important country in the Caucasus has been beset by yet another political crisis. This time, the catalyst was the government’s failure to follow through on its promise to reform Georgia’s electoral system.

On November 14, with 101 votes in favor and three against, the Georgian Parliament voted down a bill that would have replaced the country’s mixed electoral system with a fully proportional one before next year’s parliamentary election. [...]

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