Jan 31, 2021
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Another opposition party entered the Georgian parliament

In the united opposition, the act of the Citizens party was regarded as a betrayal

Another opposition party in Georgia announced the end of the boycott of parliament and the receipt of parliamentary mandates. This was announced by the head of the “Citizens” party Aleko Elisashvili after negotiations with representatives of the ruling Georgian Dream party.

According to the results of the last parliamentary elections, the Citizens party gained 25.5 thousand votes (1.33%), which corresponds to two seats in parliament. Unlike other opposition parties, Citizens were in no hurry to terminate their parliamentary powers. Over the past two weeks, they have been negotiating with the ruling party and, in the end, announced that the parties had managed to agree: the Georgian Dream agreed to change the electoral system.

“We, representatives of the Citizens Party, have signed a final agreement with the leaders of the Georgian Dream Mamuka Mdinaradze and Archil Talakvadze. After completing the agreement, we will join parliamentary activities, ”

– said Aleko Elisashvili.

According to him, the draft change of the electoral system must be registered by March 1 and adopted by May 1, otherwise the deputies from the Citizens party will leave the parliament.

As for the demand to release political prisoners, they were released on bail the day before. Iveri Melashvili and Natalya Ilyichevawho pass as defendants in the “cartographers case”.

Thus, representatives of two opposition parties, Citizens and European Socialists, are present in the Georgian parliament.

Speaker of Parliament Archil Talakvadze urged other opposition parties to join the agreement signed by Elisashvili.

“This document is also open for representatives of other political parties, for those who have received a mandate. We will continue political dialogue and negotiations with political parties and expect that the participation of the opposition in parliament will expand even more, ”

– noted Talakvadze.

The united opposition regarded Elisashvili’s act as a betrayal and stated that the parliament still remains illegitimate. In addition, the opposition considers the signed agreement impracticable, because in order to make changes to the electoral system, the votes of two-thirds of the parliamentary deputies are needed; today, there are not enough 16 people in parliament for this. Nevertheless, the Georgian Dream is sure that the deputies from the Citizens party are not the last representatives of the opposition to refuse the boycott.

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