The Parliament hosted the 100th jubilee of the first Constitution of Georgia.
The Speaker, Archil Talakvadze and the descendant of the great public figure, 10-years-old Ekvtime Takaishvili opened the Museum of Georgian Parliamentarism named after Ekvtime Takaishvili.
The Museum includes four halls exposing the central, “Hall of Glory” and various eras. The exhibits include documents reflecting the history of Parliamentarism since 1919 stored in the archives and depositories of Georgia and other countries.
The visitors will enjoy the exposition about the “Chamber” from King Tamar’s era considered as the very first attempt of the establishment of Parliamentarism in Georgia.
As Givi Mikanadze stated, the Civic Engagement Center is to be established in the Parliament within the Open Governance program allowing the citizens to get informed about the Parliament. The idea of the Museum has been born in the preceding Parliament and was developed by the Working Group composed of the representatives of the Archive of the Interior Ministry, Central Archive of Justice Ministry, National Library, Council of Heraldry, and Ministry of Culture.
“The Center will be open for the tourists, pupils, students and every person concerned. It will inform the visitors about the development of the history of Parliamentarism in Georgia for 100 years”, - he stated.
The Museum allocates the documents reflecting the Soviet repressions, as well as various materials evidencing the activity of the Parliament of Georgia since 1990, and the photo material reflecting close cooperation of the Parliament with the international organizations.
The Museum is equipped with modern technologies and is to host a wide range of visitors, including the school children and students. It has a hall where the visitors will watch the 30-minute documentary.
As the Deputy Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Mariam Lashkhi noted, it is not accidental that the Museum is named after Ekvtime Takaishvili. “Ekvtime Takaishvili has contributed truly invaluable merit in maintenance and preservation of our treasures. The heritage of Georgian Parliamentarism is based on the heritage preserved by Ekvtime Takaishvili along with the members of the Constituent Council for our democracy. I hope we will keep this heritage in a dignified manner”, - she stated.
The opening ceremony was attended by the President of Georgia, Speaker of the Parliament, Majority Leader, Chairs of the Factions, MPs, candidate for the Prime Minister, Chair of the Constitutional Court, Chairs of the Governments and Supreme Councils of Autonomous Republics, and the descendants of Ekvtime Takaishvili.