Lawmakers on March 31 voted to strip Republican Party member Valeri Gelashvili of his mandate on the ground that his business ties were incompatible with his political activities. The decision prompted other opposition legislators to boycott the parliament's plenary sessions.
In related news, Georgia's Imedi TV reports tax police today sealed the offices of the company founded by Gelashvili.
Gelashvili, who is currently in Lithuania, claims his expulsion from parliament is part of alleged government plans to muzzle the opposition.
(Imedi TV, Novosti-Gruziya)