Leader of European Georgia opposition Elene Khoshtaria leaves party

  • Elene Khoshtaria says that she will continue the fight with the founder of the ruling Georgian Dream party Bidzina Ivanishvili. Photo: Elene Khoshtaria’s Facebook page. 

Agenda.ge, 28 Dec 2020 - 16:57, Tbilisi,Georgia

One of the main faces of the European Georgia opposition party, Elene Khoshtaria, has left the party and announced the creation of a new political force. 

She told journalists earlier today that she is neither joining any other opposition party nor does she have plans to take up her mandate in the state legislature. 

Members of the European Georgia party have stated that Khoshtaria’s decision was not a surprise. 

We knew that after the elections Elene had plans to leave the party and launch a new party,” member of European Georgia David Bakradze said. 

Fellow member of the party Giga Bokeria has stated that ‘I wish Elene had not left the party because of my personal attitude to her and political point of view.’ 

The European Georgia opposition party was founded back in 2017 by former, top figures of the United National Movement party and several new faces. 

Khoshtaria ran for Vake constituency of Tbilisi on behalf of the united opposition in the October 31 parliamentary elections. 

Khoshtaria took high posts under the United National Movement government and became MP from the party back in 2016. 

However, in 2017 she joined the European Georgia party and was nominated for Tbilisi mayor by the party the same year. 

European Georgia received five seats in parliament per the results of October 31 parliamentary elections. 

However, similar to other opposition parties which were voted in on the elections, the party says that the elections were fabricated and is demanding repeat elections.