Free Democrats Party

Ex-laywer elected new Free Democrats leader

By | February 19th, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

Shalva Shavgulidze is the new Free Democrats leader. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A former lawyer has been elected chairman of the embattled Free Democrats, perhaps the most staunchly pro-western party in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. The Free Democrats’ failure to win any seats in the 2016 parliamentary elections coupled with […]

Free Democrats rebels vow to support GD in second round of election

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Several key figures in Irakli Alasania’s Free Democrats party have expressed support for the ruling Georgian Dream before the second round of the parliamentary elections in most majoritarian districts. “In a few days, there will be a second round. […]

Free Democrats leader Alasania may be appointed NSC secretary

By | October 18th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Irakli Alasania. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Irakli Alasania, the former defense minister and leader of the Free Democrats who ‘temporarily left’ politics after his party failed to reach the minimum 5% in the election, may be hired by the president’s administration. According to domestic media, […]

Free Democrats leader leaves politics after failing to get into parliament

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Georgian defense minister Irakli Alasania said Monday that he is quitting politics ‘temporarily’ after his party failed to surpass the 5% threshold in the parliamentary elections. Alasania’s statement came after the Central Election Commission (CEC) […]

Free Democrats promises to decriminalize all drug use

By | August 16th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , |

Nikoloz Pruidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Irakli Alasania’s Free Democrats promises a liberal drug policy and the decriminalization of all forms of drugs if they come to power. But the punishment for drug dealing will be tougher, the party’s healthcare strategist Nikoloz Pruidze […]

Free Democrats lose education expert Zaza Piralishvili

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A prominent member of the Free Democrats resigned from the party on Friday, stating that he doesn’t feel comfortable in politics. Philosopher Zaza Piralishvili stated that his leaving the party was not due to any conflict with other party members or having issues with its ideology. […]

Suspect detained in attack on opposition politician

By | March 7th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian police announced Friday that a man has been detained suspected of the brutal assault on Alexi Petriashvili, former member of government and prominent member of the opposition Free Democrats. At a special briefing at the MIA, […]

Zalkaliani of the Free Democrats appointed deputy foreign minister

By | January 9th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Davit Zalkaliani. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili on Friday as expected appointed Davit Zalkaliani as deputy foreign minister, the same position he held before resigning in November 2014. Zalkaliani was deputy foreign minister from 2012 to 2014, but resigned when his party […]

Former deputy foreign minister who left post is reappointed

By | January 7th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , |

Davit Zalkaliani. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A former deputy foreign minister from the opposition Free Democrats Party is to return to his post following a proposal by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. The Free Democrats party, which came to power in 2012 as part of the […]

Free Democrats against holding snap election

By | October 6th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Maia Panjikidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Free Democrats has rejected a proposal by the National Movement to hold a snap election one year before the next scheduled one. UNM activists demonstrated Monday evening outside the residence of former Prime Minister […]

Free Democrats lose its members in Tbilisi City Council

By | April 4th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

Giorgi Muskhelishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Representatives of former Defense Minister Irakli Alasania’s party have withdrawn as a faction in the city council. The reason, they explain, is ‘incompatibility’ with his party, the Free Democrats. The Free Democrats Party was a member […]

Ex-defense minister’s party aims for victory in 2016 election

By | November 8th, 2014|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Irakli Alasania. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s dismissed defense minister, Irakli Alasania, feels optimistic that his party which recently left the governing coalition will win in the parliamentary election of 2016. The Free Democrats on Saturday held a party conference, which with […]

PM: Coalition’s split will strengthen Georgia’s democracy

By | November 7th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–After sacking and reprimanding his once ally, Prime Minister Garibashvili says if Alasania’s party goes into opposition, this will make the country’s democracy even stronger. Alasania on his part says he thinks the PM has lost face. Garibashvili […]

Georgia’s ruling coalition may keep majority in parliament

By | November 6th, 2014|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–According to the latest available information, the ruling Georgian Dream coalition may keep its majority of seats in the parliament. Three MPs from the ten strong Free Democrats – Georgian Dream faction might choose to side with Georgian […]

One party leaves Georgia’s govt coalition in midst of political crisis

By | November 5th, 2014|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Irakli Alasania announced Wednesday evening that the Free Democrats Party is leaving the government coalition. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The government coalition in Georgia is in its worst crisis till now, as one party leaves and questions are raised about its western oriented course. Two ministers resigned in protest against the dismissal of the defense minister the day before, but the crisis […]

Georgia’s Foreign Affairs Minister resigns, saying European choice under threat

By | November 5th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Members of Alasania’s political team are stepping down one by one as Foreign Affairs Minister Maia Panjikidze and four of her deputies resigned on Wednesday in the wake of the political turmoil that has brought Georgia’s ruling coalition on the verge of collapse. […]