European Georgia says it won't form a coalition with ruling party or with ex-president Saakashvili as PM

  • However, he noted that the agreement with the opposition remains in force and European Georgia will support the majoritarian candidates of the National Movement in Tbilisi. Photo: commersant.ge.

Agenda.ge, 1 Oct 2020 - 15:26, Tbilisi,Georgia

Opposition party European Georgia says it will not form a coalition with  the ruling Georgian Dream party and also will not support ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili as a Prime Minister.

[The Georgian Dream party] which plunged the country into the worst economic crisis should end peacefully and politically in this election,” said a leader of the European Georgia Davit Bakradze.

We will not support Mikheil Saakashvili as a prime minister, because we think and we are sure that the time of one-man and one-party rule is over and the future belongs to coalition rule,” said Bakradze.

However, he noted that the agreement with the opposition remains in force and European Georgia will support the majoritarian candidates of the National Movement in Tbilisi.

The elections on October 31 will be held in a different manner from preceding elections, with 120 MPs elected per the party-list based electoral system and the remaining 30 per the majoritarian electoral system. 

The election bloc or the party which will receive less than 40.54 per cent of votes in the proportional elections will not be able to form a government alone, without the cooperation with other political parties in parliament. 

The mandates in the proportional elections will be distributed among the parties, election blocs, which will receive at least one per cent of votes. 

Blocs will be allowed in the 2020 elections. However, with a different election threshold. The percentage of votes received by election blocs must at least amount to 1 percent x number of the parties in the bloc. 

The European Georgia, who includes many of former members of the UNM, refused to cooperate with the UNM for the October 31 parliament elections, former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili stated. 

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