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Georgia's Parliament Speaker quits after clashes
2019-06-21 18:23:06

The speaker of Georgia's parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze, has resigned after some 240 people were hurt in protests at the country's parliament buildings, the BBC reports.

The protesters had demanded Mr Kobakhidze's resignation as well as elections. The protests turned violent after the appearance of a Russian MP.

Sergei Gavrilov addressed an assembly of MPs from Orthodox Christian nations.

Police used rubber bullets and tear gas as protesters stormed the parliament in the capital Tbilisi.

The Armenian delegation walked out of the sitting hall yesterday after Georgian opposition MPs from the Georgian Dream faction interrupted the 26th Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO) after a Russian MP and president of the assembly, Sergey Gavrilov addressed the audience from the Georgian parliamentary speaker’s chair.

“The whole Armenian delegation walked out of the hall because the conflict was between our ally on one hand and a brotherly nation on the other hand.  We were between two fires and decided to stay away of the incident,” head of the Armenian delegation Alen Simonyan said.

 

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