The ruling Georgian Dream party and part of the opposition reached an agreement to end the political crisis in Georgia
Most of Georgia’s opposing forces have on April 18 Signed the EU-mediated agreement aimed at ending almost 6 months of political crisis. Following previously unsuccessful attempts, President of the European Council Charles Michel presented on April 18 a new package of proposals to the Georgian political parties.
The document is called „The Path of the Future for Georgia“ differs in several important details from the last document, which was presented to the opposition on March 31 by the representative of Charles Michel Christian Danielson.
The proposal addresses two key concerns of the opposition – amnesty for „political prisoners“ and potential 2022 snap elections – largely absent from the original March 31 document tabled by President Michel’s personal envoy Christian Danielsson.
Concerning the cases of alleged political prisoners Nika Melia, Chairperson of the United National Movement (UNM), and Giorgi Rurua, the shareholder of pro-opposition Mtavari Arkhi TV, the proposed document states: „The signatories commit to addressing, within one week of signing this agreement, the two cases of perceived politicised justice, either by an amnesty and/or by taking such steps as to produce an equivalent outcome.“
Representatives of all opposition parties arrived at the office of the EU delegation on April 18. Finally, Lelo, Agmashenebeli’s strategy, Republican Party, Girchi and Citizens signed Michel’s document, followed by several individual politicians from other parties. Later, the ruling party issued a statement saying that the government was „ready“ to consider Michel’s proposals.
From the UNM, the largest opposition party, only MP Salome Samadashvili, has signed the agreement individually. The remaining UNM MPs seem to be abstaining from signing, as both Nika Melia, detained party chairperson, and Mikheil Saakashvili, former President, UNM’s leader-in-exile, condemned the proposal.
The opposition European Georgia (EG) and the Alliance of Patriots (AoP) also refrained from signing the deal. Giga Bokeria, the freshly-elected Chairperson of the EG, blamed the signatories for „inconsistency,“ stating that the opposition „should have expressed the same strong position as it did regarding the original agreement.“
As Civil.ge explains, this brings the number of sitting MPs in Parliament to 112, which is one short of the number of 2/3 constitutional majority in the 150-member Parliament.