“If something was shameful, it was the very statement of the President - when you do not know what to talk about on May 26, a solemn day, it is a very serious problem,” Irakli Kobakhidze, chairman of the Georgian Dream party, told reporters, responding to the President's statement about the judiciary.
According to Kobakhidze, the President joined the groundless campaign against the judiciary, which is a problem.
"As for the statement related to the judiciary, if something was shameful, it was the very statement of the President. Firs of all, when you do not know what to talk about on May 26, a solemn day, it is a very serious problem. We have to tell this to the President in order to protect the presidential institution.
As for the judiciary, the President joined the groundless campaign against the judiciary, which is a problem. I'm sure that with this statement, she tried to harm the judiciary, to damage the reputation of this institution, but she actually damaged the institution of the President. This is a reality. First, you should know the context when you make a statement, and second, when the opposition makes unsubstantiated statements, it's one thing, but when the President makes unsubstantiated statements and attacks a state institution, it is a serious problem and a serious deviation from the President's role as guarantor of institutions. However, we could even not mention this in the light of the fact that yesterday she virtually referred to Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region as neighbors and talked about their sovereignty. Against this background, the statement about the judiciary is not even worth mentioning," Kobakhidze said.
Asked whether the ruling team is considering impeachment of the President, Kobakhidze said that there was no basis for impeachment in those statements.
Kobakhidze also responded to the criticism by international partners relating to the judiciary, noting that he had not heard any arguments as to why there is a problem in court today.
"Have you heard at least one argument as to why the judiciary is working improperly? Have you heard any arguments that there is a problem in court today? Criticism must be supported by something. No argument has been provided. We are asking this question to our strategic partners, foreigners, everyone," Kobakhidze said.
President Salome Zurabishvili spoke about the judiciary in her speech delivered on May 26, Independence Day. "The history of Georgian law would have embellish many European countries and it is a bit of a shame that we cannot continue this legacy properly today," the President said.