FEATURED: Georgian opposition continues to split
Elene Khoshtaria, the senior member of the opposition European Georgia party, announced on December 28 about quitting the party and establishing a new political platform. Meanwhile, four members of the Alliance of Patriots (AoP) left the party to enter Parliament.
„I have not changed my political positions. I simply have new plans to create a new political force, and I will provide detailed information about my plans to the public, „said Khostaria at a news briefing adding that she remains committed to the opposition’s decision to boycott the new Parliament.
Less committed to the decision are four members of AoP, Avtandil Enukidze, Zaza Mikadze, Pridon Injia and David Zilpimiani, who decided to accept their mandates.
According to the final vote tally by the Central Election Commission, the Patriots secured 3,14% of the votes in the October 31 parliamentary elections and gained four parliamentary seats. However, the party decided to follow other opposition parties in rejecting the legitimacy of the CEC results and declaring the parliamentary boycott.
First to break the ranks was Enukidze, number four on the party list, who had stated that he would keep his parliamentary mandate. On January 5, the Parliament of Georgia approved the mandates of three MPs from the proportional-party list of the AoP. Zaza Mikadze (number 5 on the list), Pridon Injia (#7) and David Zilpimiani (#8) will be replacing the party’s top three Irma Inashvili, Giorgi Lomia and Gocha Tevdoradze, respectively, whose requests to annul their MP mandates had been granted by the Parliament the day before.
In a joint statement, the four MPs explained their decision underscoring the significance of political stability amidst the country’s current crises and citing the lack of „well-founded proofs“ of election-rigging. The lawmakers also announced leaving the Alliance of Patriots party and forming the new political union of „European Socialists.“
Earlier, a similar split occurred in opposition party Girchi, following its former leader Zurab Japaridzes decision to establish new Girchi – More Freedom.