19 June 2017, 10:24
Georgian patriarch proposes constitutional monarchy
Tbilisi, June 19, Interfax - The Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia said that it may be worth considering a constitutional monarchy to bring quiet to the country.
"Georgia is an ancient country with a most ancient culture. Perhaps, we should think of who we were in the past, who we are today and what we will be tomorrow. Perhaps, we should think about Georgia being a most ancient monarchy," Ilia II said during a Sunday prayer service at the St. Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi.
Georgia was ruled by a tsar with God's grace, the patriarch recalled.
"In today's world, a tsar is often called a monarch, a tsar reins but does not rule. This is called constitutional monarchy and brings quiet to the country," Ilia II said.
This will not happen today and tomorrow, he said. "But we must analyze the past, the present day and the future," Ilia II said.
On November 3, 2013, the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta was the place of baptizing a two-year-old Tsarevich Giorgi, a descendant of the ancient Bagrationi royal dynasty, which produced prominent Russian and Georgian statesmen and military figures.
At the time, businessman Levan Vasadze, one of the tsarevich's godfathers, told journalists: "Our people and our country first celebrated the restoration of statehood and then the restoration of autocephaly and now a solid foundation has been laid for the restoration of constitutional monarchy, with the blessing of our patriarch."
Tsarevich Giorgi was born in Madrid on September 27, 2011, and is the first son of representatives of the Georgian royal dynasty, Anna Bagration of Georgia and David Bagration of Mukhrani. The couple exchanged vows at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi on February 8, 2009, the day of commemorating Tsar David Agmashenebeli.
According to Georgia's history chronicles, the Bagrationi dynasty dates back to the 6th century A.D.