About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 16:16 - 20 Jan.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Opposition Demands Elections in April
/ 2 Oct.'07 / 15:13
Civil Georgia

The opposition said on October 2 it would launch a nationwide campaign to push the authorities to hold parliamentary elections in April 2008, as was originally planned before controversial constitutional amendments were introduced.

An umbrella body for ten opposition groups campaigning for the release of ex-Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili said in a statement that the campaign would culminate in a mass protest rally in Tbilisi on November 2. Meanwhile, the campaign is set to be extended to the provinces starting from October 6.

“We are launching a national-wide campaign with the main slogan, Georgia Without a President,” Koka Guntsadze, a lawmaker and member of Okruashvili’s party, Movement for United Georgia, said. “This will be a movement of civil resistance – the people against the authorities.”

Kakha Kukava, a lawmaker from the opposition Conservative Party, was quick to clarify the exact meaning of the slogan. It meant, he said, the abolition of the presidency.

“Georgia should be a parliamentary republic,” Kukava told Civil.Ge on October 2.

Tina Khidasheli, one of the leaders of the Republican Party, said that calls for parliamentary elections to be held in April 2008 did not amount to a demand for early elections.

“What we are demanding is the restoration of normal constitutional process,” she told Civil.Ge on October 2.

Presidential and parliamentary elections, in line with last December's constitutional amendment, will be held simultaneously sometime between October and December 2008. It is up to President Saakashvili to set the exact date for the polls. The amendment was slammed by the opposition as “undemocratic” as it has prolonged the term of the sitting Parliament for several months. It, however, has also decreased President Saakashvili’s term in office by several months.

The opposition has also demanded that Irakli Okruashvili, who is charged with extortion, money laundering and misuse of office, be released on bail. Okruashvili was remanded in custody for two months pending investigation.

The campaign involves nine political parties: Conservative, Republican, Labor, Georgia’s Way, Freedom, Georgia Troupe, On Our Own, Party of People, and Irakli Okruashvili’s Movement for United Georgia parties. One non-governmental organization, Equality Institute, represented by ex-State Minister Giorgi Khaindrava, is also part of the campaign.

Koka Guntsadze of Movement for United Georgia said that before the campaign in the regions got underway, opposition leaders would meet with the Georgian intelligentsia in Tbilisi on October 3. He also said that an outdoor screening of a film by an investigative reporter, Vakhtang Komakhidze, about the circumstances surrounding the death of the late PM, Zurab Zhvania, would be held at the Rose Square in downtown Tbilisi on October 5.

The regional campaign, he said, would be launched from Gurjaani in the eastern Georgian region of Kakheti. Kakheti is home to over 60% of Georgia’s vineyards and reports say that winegrowers there are unhappy because of the low price for grapes this year.

Latest News
20 Jan.'18 16:16
HRW Report on Georgia
The rights group says that constitutional reform approved without “broader political consensus.”
19 Jan.'18 16:16
Georgian Parliamentary Chairman Visits Ukraine
Irakli Kobakhidze met with his Ukrainian counterpart and Prime Minister.
18 Jan.'18 16:14
Media Organizations Urge Parliament to Uphold Presidential Objections to Broadcasting Law
51 media organizations seek meeting with the Parliamentary Chairman and the majority group.
18 Jan.'18 14:22
Political Ratings in NDI-Commissioned Poll
GD enjoys strongest public support in the poll carried out after the October municipal elections.
17 Jan.'18 18:56
Three Pankisi Gorge Residents Questioned
Georgian State Security Service questioned three individuals for alleged ties with terrorism suspects.
17 Jan.'18 16:16
NATO Military Committee Holds Session on Georgia
Georgia’s progress on its defense reform and Substantial NATO-Georgia Package were discussed.
17 Jan.'18 12:41
Georgian, Latvian Parliaments Sign Strategic Partnership Memorandum
Georgian Parliament Speaker held talks with his Latvian counterpart, Foreign and Economy Ministers.
16 Jan.'18 17:53
CSOs Urge Parliament to Uphold Presidential Objections to Broadcasting Law
A group of thirty-six civil society organizations released a statement on the controversial GPB-related bill.
16 Jan.'18 16:28
The Weekly Tripwire - Issue 22
Civil.ge’s news digest covering developments in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.
16 Jan.'18 12:59
NDI-Commissioned Public Opinion Survey
Support for EU membership 72%, for NATO membership 64%.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
77