Main opposition party names candidates for top posts in Parliament

Georgia’s ex-Deputy Foreign Minister Sergi Kapanadze was named as UNM candidate for Vice-Parliament Speaker. Photo by, 16 Nov 2016 - 16:54, Tbilisi,Georgia

One of the leaders of United National Movement (UNM) opposition party, Sergo Ratiani, told local media today that UNM has already selected its candidates for Parliament Vice Speaker,  minority leader and UNM faction chairperson. 

Georgia’s ex-Deputy Foreign Minister Sergi Kapanadze was named as UNM’s candidate for post of Deputy Speaker of Parliament, while the UNM faction will be chaired by former head of the National Bureau of Enforcement, ex-governor of Tbilisi's Mtatsminda District, Nika Melia. 

We will create a minority in Parliament and the minority leader will be David Bakradze [former Parliament Speaker],” Ratiani said. 

UNM gained 27 seats in the 150-member legislative body after last month’s Parliamentary race. 

Fellow UNM party member, ex-Public Defender Giorgi Tughushi said his candidacy would be presented in one of the key positions for Parliament’s Human Rights Committee. 

UNM led the country from 2003-2012 until was defeated by the Georgian Dream coalition in the 2012 Parliamentary Elections. 

The ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party [with 115 seats in Parliament] and the Alliance of Patriots [with six lawmakers] have already named some of their candidates for key posts in Parliament. 

The country's newly-elected lawmakers must gather for Parliament's first session no later than November 19.