The fourth President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili has announced his return to politics via his official Twitter page, stating that the current Georgian Dream ruling party ‘has crossed the red line.’
Margvelashvili tweeted earlier today:
By choosing authoritarianism, Georgian Dream crossed red lines. No democracy - no national unity, no western path. Won’t watch this happen. Returning to active politics. Will serve the mission of our western choice with my friends and the Georgian people.— Giorgi Margvelashvili (@MargvelashviliG) February 17, 2020
He did not give more details about his political plans.
Margvelashvili was elected to the position in 2013. He refused to run again for the presidency in 2018 and stated that he “wanted to set a precedent of the Georgian president ending their term peacefully and democratically.”
He was nominated by then Prime Minister, founder of the ruling Georgian Georgian Dream party Bidzina Ivanishvili.
However, shortly after his election Ivanishvili said he was ‘disappointed’ by Margvelashvili.
Tense relations between Ivanishvili and Margvelashvili has also caused certain tension between the ruling party members of the former president.