The draft law "On Transparency of Foreign Influence", which caused massive protests among the population, has been withdrawn in Sakartvelo (Georgia) — the ruling Georgian Dream — Democratic Georgia
"It is necessary that the energy of each of our fellow citizens be spent not on confrontation, but on the development of the country in the right direction. We have decided to withdraw the bill we supported without any reservations," the statement reads.
According to the ruling party, the decision was made due to "ongoing political processes around the law", as a result of consultations between the political council of the Georgian Dream, the People's Power and members of the parliamentary majority.
The party believes that "the lie machine was able to negatively present the bill and mislead a certain part of the public" and that the bill was allegedly "labeled as a false Russian law."
As a reminder, on March 7, the Georgian parliament passed the draft law "On Transparency of Foreign Influence" in the first reading.
According to the legislative initiative, non-governmental organizations and media outlets that receive part of their funding from abroad must be registered as "agents of foreign influence."
For two days in a row, large-scale protests continued in the country.
The country's president said she would veto the bill if it is passed in the second reading.