Pro-EU rally organizers in Tbilisi demand ousting the PM, forming a government of national consent

The organizers of a pro-EU rally in central Tbilisi, where thousands of people gathered to say that Brussels' refusal to grant Georgia candidate status was the result of the Georgian Dream government's misguided policies, demand the resignation of government and PM Irakli Gharibashvili. The PM will resign within a week and a government of national consent will be formed, one of its organizers, Shota Digmelashvili, [...]

“Do not break up the trio” – Former leaders of Georgia ask the EU to grant candidate status

Giorgi Margvelashvili. Georgia's two former presidents and four ex-speakers of parliament appeal the EU not to oust Georgia from the "trio" and to grant it candidate status, as it did with Ukraine and Moldova. “The [...]

“We will stay here and not disband until the oligarchy disintegrates!” - pro-EU rally organizers in #Tbilisi say they don't trust the government will fulfill EU requirements for candidacy.
https://dfwatch.net/pro-eu-rally-organizers-in-tbilisi-demand-ousting-the-pm-forming-a-government-of-national-consent-55017

President Volodymyr #Zelenskyy of Ukraine addressed thousands at the pro-EU rally "Georgia without oligarchic rule" #Tbilisi: "I am grateful to the Georgians who are fighting with the Ukrainian fighters [...] We'll be with you and help you. Glory to Georgia, glory to Ukraine!"

Georgia’s two former presidents and four ex-speakers of parliament appeal the EU not to oust Georgia from the “trio” and to grant it candidate status, as it did with Ukraine and Moldova. #Tbilisi
https://dfwatch.net/do-not-break-up-the-trio-former-leaders-of-georgia-ask-the-eu-to-grant-candidate-status-55010

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