TBILISI, DFWatch–The National Movement party will resume work in the Georgian parliament on Monday after being absent since December 11.
The party’s delegates went on a boycott after a scuffle between one of their MPs and one from the Georgian Dream coalition, which is in government.
The National Movement made the decision to end their boycott at a meeting of its political council on Sunday, after Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava was removed from office by a court in Tbilisi, pending corruption charges.
Davit Bakradze, leader of the parliamentary minority, explained after the session that considering the repression the National Movement is subject to and that local government and democracy is in danger, the party is left with parliament as its only one venue to express itself.
Bakradze said the party will try to use parliament to further its views as best it can from this week.
The party plans to hold a demonstration in Tbilisi December 28.
“The first rally will be held in Tbilisi on Saturday and we will provide details a bit later,” Goka Gabashvili said after the session.
“This rally and other rallies in the future will serve to express protest against what is happening in the country – political prosecution of the opposition.”