Georgian lawmakers withdraw ‘foreign agents’ bill after protests

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By Felix Light TBILISI (Reuters) -Georgia’s ruling party said on Thursday it was dropping a bill on “foreign agents” after two nights of violent protests against it amid criticism the draft was inspired by a Russian law and represented an authoritarian shift. The Georgian Dream ruling party said in a statement it would “unconditionally withdraw the bill we supported without any reservations”. It cited the need to reduce “confrontation” in society. The bill would have required Georgian organisations receiving more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as “foreign agents” or face fin…

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