Georgian parliament approves foreign influence law amid protests

Georgia's parliament has adopted a law designed to regulate organizations that receive foreign funding.

The voting took place on Tuesday amid ongoing protests against the bill.

The law will require non-governmental organizations and media outlets receiving more than 20 percent of their funding from abroad to register as agents of foreign influence.

Opposition parties are strongly against the law, which was introduced by the ruling party. They claim that it is similar to a Russian law which is used by Moscow to limit the activities of organizations and media which the government finds unfavorable.

On Tuesday, lawmakers were seen scuffling with each other in the parliament.

In the country's capital of Tbilisi, citizens have rallied against the bill for about a month.

The European Union and the United States have repeatedly expressed concern about the bill, saying it would result in democratic backsliding.

Georgia has applied to join the EU, but the founder of the ruling party is said to be close to Russia.

Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili, who supports the country's application to join the EU, expressed her intention to refuse to sign the law.

But even if the president returns the law to parliament, the ruling party has enough votes to override her opposition.