Putin awards Valtteri Bottas with Russian F1 GP TrophySport April 30, 18:02
FIA Formula One 2017 Russian Grand Prix boosts off in SochiSport April 30, 15:23
Merkel to pay first visit to Russia in two years for talks with PutinWorld April 30, 14:40
Passenger plane crashes in CubaWorld April 29, 22:49
US anti-missile systems in Eastern Europe violate INF Treaty - Russian foreign ministryRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 29, 20:35
Moscow police say 250 people take part in protest rallyWorld April 29, 16:29
Abe plans to continue dialogue with Putin to solve global issuesWorld April 29, 14:50
Moscow is ready to cooperate with Washington on Syria — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 29, 12:24
Diplomat calls US’ allegations about isolation of Russia in UN 'strange'Russian Politics & Diplomacy April 28, 20:58
TBILISI, February 9 (Itar-Tass) – Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili is emphatically against the idea of canceling the direct election of the president.
This sort of approach would be “tantamount to stripping the voters of the right to elect the head of state directly,” Saakashvili said in his annual message on the situation in the country.
In the meantime, representatives of the Georgian Dream coalition, which has a majority in parliament, claim that the possibility is being considered of electing the head of state by parliament members.
In their opinion “the election of the president by indirect universal suffrage is a well-tested method in many democratic countries and does not contradict the principle of democracy.”
Georgia’s next presidential election is due in October 2013, when Saakashvili’s term will expire.