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Georgian parliament committee rejects presidential veto of the divisive 'foreign agents' legislation

Georgian parliament committee rejects presidential veto of the divisive 'foreign agents' legislation
A Georgian parliament committee has rejected the president’s veto of the “foreign agents” legislation that has sparked massive protests for weeks

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A Georgian parliament committee has rejected the president's veto of the "foreign agents" legislation, setting the stage for a full legislature vote to override the veto. The law has sparked massive protests and is seen as a threat to media freedom and Georgia's chances of joining the European Union. The legislation requires news media and non-governmental organizations that receive more than 20% of their budget from abroad to register as "carrying out the interests of a foreign power." The ruling party insists the bill is necessary to counter harmful foreign actors, while critics denounce it as "the Russian law." The European Union and the United States have expressed concern over the legislation, with the U.S. imposing travel sanctions on Georgian officials responsible for undermining democracy. The president and prime minister have clashed over the issue, with the president advocating for partnership with Europe and the prime minister accusing her of betraying the country. The situation remains tense as the country's democratic and Euro-Atlantic aspirations hang in the balance.

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