arrest of Nika Melia in Feb 2021

A PM who recently resigned is Georgia’s most popular politician

By | April 5th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Former Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has 65% approval rating among Georgians. TBILISI, DFWatch--A recently retired prime minister is one of Georgia's most popular politicians, according to a new survey published by the International Republican Institute (IRI) on Monday. Giorgi Gakharia, who resigned in February citing disagreement with his party colleagues over the detention of UNM leader [...]

EU-mediated talks fail to resolve Georgia’s political crisis

By | March 31st, 2021|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

Christian Danielsson addressing the media after the failed talks. TBILISI, DFWatch--EU-mediated negotiations to end the political crisis in Georgia have once more ended in failure.  The compromise proposed by EU envoy Christian Danielsson was rejected Tuesday evening by both the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) and the group of opposition parties led by United National Movement (UNM). [...]

Georgian ex-PM Gakharia keeps people guessing after cryptic message that he hasn’t left politics

By | March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

(Facebook/გახარია.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said on Monday that he has not left politics, without further explanation, leaving people guessing as to what he might have meant. "I am not leaving anything, not even politics," Giorgi Gakharia wrote on his Facebook page on Monday. But when asked by reporters, he did not explain [...]

Georgian PM rejects opposition’s two main demands

By | March 17th, 2021|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Irakli Garibashvili meeting with Josep Borrell, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. (Facebook/Government of Georgia.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s prime minister on Tuesday rejected the two main demands put forth by the opposition, thus prolonging the country’s four and a half months long political crisis. "The next parliamentary elections will be held in 2024," Prime [...]

Negotiations are the only way out of Georgia’s political crisis

By | February 25th, 2021|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , |

Nika Melia during his arrest Tuesday morning. (PIA.) EDITORIAL When parliament nominated hardliner candidate Irakli Gharibashvili as prime minister, he dedicated his speech not to defeating the pandemic, not to the economy, occupation or social problems, but to fighting political opposition.  After Melia's arrest, the newly appointed PM thanked the police for their “successful operation”. Similar [...]

Political crisis deepens in Georgia following violent police raid and arrest of opposition leader

By | February 24th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Opposition supporters rallied in front of the government office in Tbilisi. (Newposts.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--A police raid of the headquarters of Georgia’s largest opposition party and the arrest of its leader Tuesday morning has further deepened the political crisis in the country. Nika Melia, leader of the United National Movement, was dragged out of the party building [...]