Parliamentary Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze and the Chairperson of the Legal Issues Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, Eka Beselia, met with the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II today, to discuss the topic of a constitutional monarchy in Georgia.
Patriarch Ilia II mentioned the topic of a constitutional monarchy during a sermon yesterday:
"Thank God, we used to be ruled by the king. Today it is common to have a king that reigns, but that does not have the power of ruling the country. This is called a constitutional monarchy and it brings peace to the country," Ilia II said.
Kobakhidze said a constitutional monarchy will diminish the presence of the presidential body in Georgia.
"We will definitely have a meeting with the patriarch. After the meeting, we will be able to make an official statement on the topic. Generally, a constitutional monarchy is in contradiction with the existence of the presidency. What the patriarch said about the constitutional monarchy is certainly true. It brings peace to the political and social life in the country. All the factors and local specifics have to be taken into consideration. We will discuss these factors with the patriarch,” Kobakhidze said earlier today in a meeting with journalists before the meeting with Ilia II.
Kobakhidze made no comments after the meeting with Ilia II.
Eka Beselia, the Chairperson of the Legal Issues Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, said she believes the initiative for a constitutional monarchy is a very interesting idea. MP Mamuka Mdinaradze said a constitutional monarchy would bring "individualism, exclusiveness, and charm" to Georgia.