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Georgian opposition movement chooses woman to front party

by | Apr 21, 2012

Lawyer Manana Kobakhidze will be chairwoman of the opposition Georgian Dream party until a constitutional amendment is passed and enforced which allows billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili to take over. (Photo: Interpressnews.)

TBLISI, DFWatch – Georgia’s main opposition party today chose a female lawyer as its temporary leader.

As there is less than six months left until the parliamentary elections, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili today formally established his Georgian Dream party.

Due to a technicality, he can not be leader himself. Instead, delegates elected lawyer Manada Kobakhidze as a temporary chairwoman, until a recently proposed constititional amendment allows Mr Ivanishvili to be engaged in party politics.

The businessman was robbed of his Georgian citizenship shortly after becoming a politician last year, but the amendment will let him participate and stand for election by way of his French citizenship.



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