Conservatives leave ruling party, cite rejected election bill as reason

  • The leader of the Conservative Party Zviad Dziguri says that the rejection of the election bill was unjustified.Photo: conservative party press office., 15 Nov 2019 - 12:30, Tbilisi,Georgia

Three MPs of the Conservative party have left the Georgian Dream ruling party after the parliament rejected the ruling party proposed election bill yesterday on the transition to a fully proportional electoral system from 2020.

 The leader of the party Zviad Dzidziguri, who is also a vice parliament speaker, says that the “40 ruling party MPs, who refused to vote for the bill, have made us make the decision.”

 Dzidziguri has stated that the Conservatives “have always played a team game.”

 However, we are not going to stay there where politically and morally unjustified decisions are made,” Dzidziguri said.

 Two other Conservative MPs who have left the ruling party are Giga Bukia and Nino Goguadze. 

Dzidziguri says that the remaining three members of the faction of the Conservative party [the faction is composed of six MPs] will make decisions on their own. 

 Conservatives were one of the parties of the Georgian Dream coalition created by Bidzina Ivanishvili which defeated the nine-year-rule of the United National Movement leadership back in 2012.

 As of now 12 MPs have left the ruling party due to the scrapped bill.