Opposition boycotts parliament session, pushes for dismissal of interior minister

The opposition demanded a discussion of the resolution text regarding the dismissal of Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia. The photo depicts Gakharia’s bust in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi, placed there by demonstrators. Photo: Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 25 Jun 2019 - 13:54, Tbilisi,Georgia

The United National Movement and the European Georgia opposition have boycotted the plenary session in parliament earlier today, after the Georgian Dream ruling party declined to discuss a resolution text on the dismissal of Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia, drafted by European Georgia MPs.

Demonstrators gathered outside the parliament building are protesting the conduct of the parliamentary session in an ordinary manner and are demanding the resignation of Gakharia because of the June 20 rally dispersal in Tbilisi, sparked by the presence of Russian MPs in the Georgian parliament.

It is how the plenary session started today in the Georgia parliament. Video: TV1.

All our members and supporters will be present at the rallies in Tbilisi,” Zaal Udumashvili, from the United National Movement said.

Members of the Georgian Dream ruling party say that the opposition continues the “destructive actions” they started on June 20.

10 law enforcers have been suspended from duty due to the June 20 rally. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge. 

You [addressing the opposition] used the public’s justified and sincere protest to stage provocations, which led to the current tension in the country. You wish for a coup, this is your goal and you are doing your utmost for his, using all destructive methods,” Mamuka Mdinaradze from the Georgian Dream told the opposition.

Two top demands of the opposition have already been met. However, they say that rallies will continue until Gakharia resigns and all those detained during rallies in Tbilisi are released.