opposition boycott of parliament 2020

Georgian opposition offers to tone down protests to give negotiations a chance

By | March 4th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: |

Policemen guarding the entrance to parliament during an opposition protest on March 2, 2021. (RFE/RL) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s opposition have decided to scale back their protest rallies, citing a wish to not give the ruling Georgian Dream party an excuse to stall the talks initiated by the President of the European Council. The decision was made at [...]

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 [...]

Resignation of PM fails to defuse Georgia’s political crisis, as incoming PM vows to ‘restore order’, hinting that UNM leader Melia may still be arrested

By | February 18th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Irakli Garibashvili speaking at Georgian Dream headquarters during his nomination. TBILISI, DFWatch--The opposition in Georgia breathed a sigh of relief Thursday, as Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced his resignation and the MInistry of Internal Affairs postponed the arrest of Nika Melia, leader of the largest opposition party in the country, UNM. Opposition leaders had spent the [...]

Citizens Party calls off parliament boycott after GD promises reforms, rest of opposition still rejects 2020 election results

By | January 29th, 2021|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

Aleko Elisashvili answering journalists at the parliament (video grab from 1tv.ge) One of the opposition parties in Georgia announced Friday that they are calling off their boycott of parliament, breaking ranks with the rest of the opposition, which have held that the October 31 election was fraught with violations and should be annulled. Chairman of the [...]

Georgian opposition party Citizens to break off parliament boycott if government promises election reform

By | January 20th, 2021|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian opposition’s boycott of parliament after the October 31 election is in doubt, after one of the parties indicated they will break off the boycott. Aleko Elisashvili, leader of the  Citizens party, said Wednesday that he will announce the party’s decision to take up their two seats in parliament in a few days. "If [...]