Georgia’s parliament on Friday formally withdrew a draft “foreign influence” bill that sparked major protests and international outrage this week, public broadcaster First Channel reported.
Friday’s announcement came a day after the country’s governing party announced it would scrap the proposed legislation, hours after tens of thousands of people gathered outside Georgia’s parliament for a second night of protests. Senior officials in the US and the European Union also expressed concern about the bill.
The controversial legislation would require organizations that receive 20% or more of their annual income from abroad to register as “foreign agents” or face hefty fines. democracy.
This is a breaking news story. More details to follow.