Georgian President vetoes 'foreign influence' law

Georgia's president has vetoed a draft law which would regulate organizations that receive foreign funding.

President Salome Zourabichvili called the law, "Russian in its essence and spirit" in a televised speech on Saturday. She added that it contradicts Georgia's constitution.

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

The parliament passed the draft law on Tuesday amid massive protests.

Those who are against the law are saying that it is designed to limit the activities of organizations and media which the government finds unfavorable.

The ruling party which supports the law has enough votes to override the veto when it is returned to parliament.

Georgia has applied to join the European Union.

Posting to a social media on Saturday, President of the European Council Charles Michel said that the law is not in line with EU values.

He called on Georgian politicians to ensure the country "stays on the European course the population supports."