The Georgian parliament has started a procedure to override the veto of the law on foreign agents

Protests in Georgia/Photo: EPA-EFE/DAVID MDZINARISHVILI

The Georgian parliament will begin the procedure on Monday to overturn President Salome Zurabishvili's veto of the law on foreign agents, according to the parliament's website.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet Monday at 9 a.m. local time to consider the president's veto of the foreign agents bill. If the Committee agrees to cancel the veto, this issue will be discussed at the plenary session on May 28, reports TASS.

Overriding the presidential veto requires the approval of at least 76 of the 150 members of the unicameral parliament. The ruling party Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia has 84 parliamentary seats. If the veto is overridden, the bill is sent back to the president for signature. In case Zurabishvili refuses to sign the document again, it will be signed and published by the speaker of the parliament Shalva Papuashvili. After its publication, the law "On transparency of foreign influence" will come into force.

The final version of the controversial "foreign agents" law, which the Georgian parliament passed in its third and final reading on May 14, was amended on May 17 to provide for penalties for individuals for not disclosing information about "foreign influence" agents.

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, who is non-partisan, vetoed the law on May 18.

 

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