Free Democrats leave Georgian Dream coalition

Irakli Alasania, leader of Free Democrats was dismissed from the post of Defence Minister yesterday., 05 Nov 2014 - 17:53, Tbilisi,Georgia

Free Democrats - the party led by ex-Defence Minister Irakli Alasania – have left the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) coalition.

This decision was announced by Alasania when he and his team left the broader meeting of the political council of the GD coalition only ten minutes after it started.

Alasania said he wanted to get involved in the discussion but he was not given this opportunity as there was no such a discussion at the meeting.

"We did not come here to talk to [ex-Prime Minister, founder of the Georgian Dream party] Bidzina Ivanishvili,” Alasania said after Free Democrats members left the meeting.

"We came here to actually discuss with our coalition’s partners the reasons why Free Democrats took such a step. Sadly, the discussion did not take place”.

Before the coalition meeting started today, Vice Prime Minister and Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze said it would be wrong to artificially maintain the unity of the GD coalition.

He said no one was obliged to stay within the coalition against their own will.

"If anyone wants to leave the coalition, I think artificially maintaining the coalition will be very bad for the country’s democratic development,” Kaladze said, although adding it would not be "tragedy” if the coalition dissolved.