Political parties as well as non-governmental organizations have many remarks on these [constitutional] changes. Our opinion is that changes of such importance shouldn’t be put into law forcefully, but should definitely be based on wide [public] involvement.”
“Presidential spokesperson Eka Mishveladze speaking at a briefing on June 27. Despite strong protest from opposition parties and civil society groups, Parliament of Georgia adopted changes to the constitution on June 22. Opposition parties in parliament boycotted the discussions. The constitutional changes were supported only by the ruling Georgian Dream party and one independent candidate, Salome Zurabishvili.