Georgian Prime Irakli Garibashvili has responded to signing the EU-proposal by majority of Georgian parties to solve the current political tension in the country and stated that ‘now, everyone, should be focused on solving major challenges the country faces.’
He thanked European Council President Charles Michel, EU-mediator Christian Danielsson, EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell, US Ambassador Kelly Degnan for their ‘huge efforts’ and the Georgian people for their patience.
Today Georgia???????? is a winner. Majority of Georgian opposition parties have signed the ???????? mediated agreement. We are grateful to @eucopresident, @EUinGeorgia & @usingeo. Democracy and Dialogue has prevailed once again.— Irakli Garibashvili (@GharibashviliGe) April 19, 2021
The Georgian Dream ruling party, Lelo opposition party, Citizens, Republicans, Strategy Agmashenebeli and Girchi signed the agreement proposed by European Council President Charles Michel yesterday to solve the political tension in the country which began after the 2020 parliamentary elections in Georgia.
The proposal by Michel covers electoral and justice reforms, offers pardon for all violations and convictions stemming from the 19-21 June 2019 protests and the conduct of repeat parliamentary elections in 2022 if the ruling party fails to receive at least 43 per cent of votes in this year’s municipal elections.
Former Member of the European Georgia opposition party David Bakradze and a member of the United National Movement opposition party Salome Samadashvili signed the agreement individually.
The United National Movement which received most, 34 of 60 opposition mandates in the 150-member parliament, has not signed the agreement so far, as well as European Georgia opposition party and Labour party.