Georgian Parliament Will Override Veto on the “Foreign Agents Law”

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The Georgian parliament plans to override President Salome Zourabichvili’s veto of the law “On Transparency of Foreign Influence”, also called the “Russian law”, next session week. Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili said this in a conversation with journalists, reports. Papuashvili said Monday the veto will be forwarded to the legal affairs committee, which will consider it. “And then, of course, (we will override it) in the next session week,” Shalva Papuashvili said. Salome Zourabichvili vetoed the law, explaining that it exactly resembles the Russian law and a similar Georgian law revoked on 10 March 2023. The President also noted that the law adopted by the Parliament is unconstitutional and contradicts Articles 11 and 78 of the Constitution of Georgia. The U.S. and in Europe have called on Georgian authorities to withdraw the law, which could still be passed. In turn, Zourabichvili wrote a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, urging him to come to Tbilisi as soon as possible amid protests against the adoption of the law on “foreign agents”.