Giorgi Gugava – “Shalva Natelashvili – Georgian Labour Party”

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Election number 10

Giorgi Gugava is political secretary of the non-parliamentary Labour Party opposition. He has been a member of the Georgian Labour Party since 1997.

In 2008 he was a member of Georgia’s seventh parliament.

From 2002-2008 he was a member of the Tbilisi City Council through the Labour party list. 

During the 2016 Parliamentary Elections, his party gained 3.14 percent of total votes and failed to enter the Parliament.

Gugava’s presentation for the 2017 Tbilisi mayoral elections was something that many Georgians would describe as a bit "eccentric” and "memorable”. At the presentation, party leader Shalva Natelashvili said: "[Gugava] had always stood on the forefronts to fight for Georgia’s survival and he will stay the same after he becomes Tbilisi Mayor upon your decision. If you are oppressed, Gugava will come! If you fall ill, Gugava will come! If you face problems, Gugava will come and stand beside you”. These words fueled many jokes across the city.

Top campaign promises:

  • Regular direct meetings between Mayor and citizens
  • No more luxury vehicles for Tbilisi authorities, Mayor should use public transport
  • Cutting a tree in Tbilisi to be banned
  • No more bonuses for officials
  • New metro lines
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