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Georgian parliament overrides presidential veto on amnesty bill

TBILISI, Dec. 29 — The Georgian parliament on Friday overruled a presidential veto on a parliamentary bill on amnesty, by a vote of 91-24.

The amnesty bill, passed by the 150-seat legislature on Dec. 5, was earlier rejected by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who opposes granting amnesty to alleged political prisoners and political refugees.

The amnesty bill concerns 190 political prisoners, 25 political refugees, and some 3,000 other inmates of various convictions, according to local media reports.

According to the Constitution, Georgia's unicameral legislature needs at least 89 votes to overturn a presidential veto.

Political analysts pointed out that the Georgian president is now in a standoff with the parliament dominated by his opponents.

The amnesty bill will be sent to the president for endorsement for a second time. If he still refuses to sign it into law, the chairman or speaker of the parliament will do so in his stead. (PNA/Xinhua)

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