Ruling party calls on opposition to move political process from street to negotiations

  • Calling on opposition parties to prepare for the second round of majoritarian elections, the ruling party leaders say the acceptance of October 31 election results is the precondition for holding negotiations with the opposition. Photo: Georgian Dream press office

Agenda.ge, 10 Nov 2020 - 23:36, Tbilisi,Georgia

The ruling Georgian Dream party has again called on opposition politicians to move the political processes from ‘destructive’ street protests to negotiations with the involvement of international partners. 

Ruling party Secretary General and Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze stated earlier today that this would be the most beneficial decision for the country and the voters. 

Negotiations, a political consensus, and a businesslike atmosphere – this is precisely what Georgia and the Georgian people are expecting from us”, Kaladze said.

Noting that ‘Georgian people 'have already made their choice’ GD secretary general addressed opposition politicians that ‘one form of the freedom of expression must not override or be exercised at the expense of another’. 

He further added that the voter turnout on October 31 parliamentary elections is ‘a message to both the authorities and the opposition’ that they should ‘work together, constructively and in a consolidated manner for the welfare of the country’. 

Refusing to take parliamentary mandates and to join the majoritarian run off, opposition parties are holding next protest rally on November 14 in Tbilisi, which will be followed by a livechain on the run off day on November 21. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge

Kaladze stated as well that compared to ‘raids on precincts, the incursion of armed and masked men in the precincts, the theft of ballot boxes, and the destruction of ballot papers on a massive scale’ prior to their governance, GD now strives 'to strengthen democratic institutions and bring them closer to western standards’ despite ‘some technical shortcomings’. 

This is clearly evidenced by the 2020 parliamentary elections, as well as the subsequent process of reviewing complaints, recounting precincts on the basis of complaints with the direct participation of the authorised representatives of the opposition and nongovernmental organisations, the due consideration of their substantiated claims”, Kaladze said. 

Calling on opposition parties to prepare for the second round of majoritarian elections, the ruling party leaders say the acceptance of October 31 election results is the precondition for holding negotiations with the opposition. 

However, opposition parties, including United National Movement, European Georgia, Girchi, Strategy Aghmashenebeli and Lelo for Georgia which have overcome the 1% mandatory threshold, say they will continue their ‘peaceful protest against the rigged elections’.

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