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The News in Brief

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Prepared by Messenger Staff

Ombudsman should be elected out of NGO's candidates, 'Lelo' leader Davit Usupashvili says

"Lelo" party leader Davit Usupashvili, in an interview with journalists, spoke regarding "Lelo's" position over the election of the new ombudsman. Usupashvili said that Lelo's position is that the parliamentary political groups should select the ombudsman candidate from among the candidates proposed by non-governmental organizations, exactly as the previous ombudsman was selected, he also added that this position is shared by the vast majority of the parliamentary opposition groups.

As for the meeting, which was held between the parliamentary entities regarding the manner of election of the ombudsman, as Davit Usupashvili stated, they will only participate in the committee, bureau, and plenary sessions, but will not be involved in the work of the working groups.

"Lelo's position on working groups remains unchanged." We said that we will engage in parliamentary activities. For us to have an independent, strong ombudsman in the future as well, to fulfill the very clear instruction of the European Union, that we should manage to appoint an independent and highly trusted candidate as ombudsman, we suggest to everyone - from the people trusted by non-governmental organizations, to select a candidate who will be supported jointly by the government and the opposition. We remind you that 90 votes are needed to elect an ombudsman," Usupashvili said.

'Achievements in the direction of Europeanization make Georgia a worthy candidate for EU membership' Papuashvili says

The Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Shalva Papuashvili, responded to the German Chancellor's statement on the social network and wrote that the achievements in the direction of Europeanization make Georgia a worthy candidate for EU membership.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for the expansion of the European Union, which includes Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova. "Georgia's achievements in the direction of Europeanization, as well as the history of dedication and self-sacrifice to the common European cause, make Georgia a worthy candidate for EU membership," Shalva Papuashvili wrote on Twitter.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in Prague that he is in favor of the expansion of the European Union, which should eventually include the countries of the Western Balkans - Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. Reuters reports.