Libertarian opposition leader Japaridze leaves parliament following ruling party exit from EU-mediated agreement

  • Japaridze further told Georgian MPs that ‘this is how a dictatorship is established, slowly and arrogantly.’ Photo: Girchi press office. 

Agenda.ge, 28 Jul 2021 - 16:58, Tbilisi,Georgia

Leader of opposition party Girchi - More Freedom Zurab Japaridze has left parliament after the ruling Georgian Dream party’s withdrawal from the EU-mediated agreement early today, stating that the agreement was his reason for being in parliament.

Japaridze claimed the ruling party decided to leave the agreement because it has ‘zero chance of receiving 43% of the vote in upcoming elections’ – a condition provided for in the EU-mediated agreement, which if not met would see repeat parliamentary elections in Georgia. 

He also said that the ruling party ‘once again proved that they are liars’ and noted that ‘agreeing with them has no value at all.’

The implementation of this agreement was important for the country–that's what the Americans and Europeans thought,” said Japaridze. 

Zurab Japaridze also underscored that the party’s withdraw from the April 19 agreement is equivalent to the ‘rejection of this country’s Euro-Atlantic future.’

Japaridze further told Georgian MPs that ‘this is how a dictatorship is established, slowly and arrogantly.’

The ruling Georgian Dream party has announced earlier today that it is leaving the EU-mediated agreement, noting that it had ‘completed its mission.’ 

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