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Constitutional Court of Georgia approves impeachment of President Salome Zourabichvili

Six of the nine constitutional court judges voted in favour of allowing the Georgian Parliament to continue impeachment proceedings for violating the Constitution.

Zourabichvili violated the Georgian Constitution by travelling outside the country and meeting with foreign officials without prior government permission.

The ruling Georgian Dream Party initiated a campaign to impeach Zourabichvili in September, alleging that the president made official visits despite government prohibitions.

Parliament announced in late August that it had not authorised 10 official visits by the president. The next day, Zourabishvili flew to Germany for another official visit.

If 100 Georgian parliamentary lawmakers vote in favour of impeaching the president, it will lead to Zourabishvili’s ouster.

Georgian Dream has a majority in the Parliament with 84 seats out of 150. Georgia, as a parliamentary republic, imposes significant restrictions on the executive branch of its government.

Salome Zourabichvili has been president of the country since December 16, 2018. She frequently condemns the decisions of the Parliament as well as the pro-Russian stance of the Georgian Dream Party.

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