Ex-PM, opposition For Georgia party leader Gakharia to run for Tbilisi mayor

  • Giorgi Gakharia has nominated himself as the mayoral candidate for his party today. Photo: For Georgia/Facebook

Agenda.ge, 1 Sep 2021 - 20:34, Tbilisi,Georgia

Former Georgian PM Giorgi Gakharia, who now leads the For Georgia opposition party, has announced today his plans of running for Tbilisi mayor. 

Gakharia said that three months after the establishment of the For Georgia party it has been the one and the only political party with an increasing rating in Georgia.

Because a citizen of Georgia is wise, fair… because it is clear that today Georgian citizens need a wiser, fairer… government”, Gakharia said, reiterating that “We do not fight against anybody”.

To fight is not the objective for us. Our goal is [to have] a fair, strong and modern country”, he added. 

Ex-PM who resigned in mid-February following a dispute with the ruling party said long ago when he joined the Georgian Dream party it was not an organisation, but “a union based on shared values”. 

It was a dream about a better, successful Georgia; it was a dream about a fair, conscientious environment”, Gakharia said. 

Unfortunately today, the leaders of the Georgian Dream organisation have forgotten these ideals and values”, he said. 

Gakharia said that it has no difference whether with its poor performance “the Georgian Dream organisation” would encourage the United National Movement party return to power or treat people the same way as the UNM did (while in power before 2012).

He said, this is why it is “dangerous for the Georgian citizens to be left alone facing these two forces”.

Today Gakharia also introduced his party’s proportional and majoritarian lists for Tbilisi City Assembly (Sakrebulo) and mayoral candidates in the regions.

The proportional list includes:

  1. Levan Dolidze
  2. Zaza Tavadze
  3. Salome Kobaladze
  4. Giorgi Sharashidze
  5. Davit Partsvania
  6. Tamar Khvedeliani
  7. Ekaterine Vepkhvadze
  8. Malkhaz Mchedlishvili
  9. Giorgi Soselia
  10. Tiko Tvaladze
  11. Giorgi Kiknavelidze
  12. Zaur Rekhviashvili
  13. Ketevan Bakaradze
  14. Vato Pachulia

The majoritarian candidates in Tbilisi are:

  1. Samgori district – Kakhaber Kemoklidze
  2. Gldani – Natia Mezvrishvili
  3. Isani – Davit Gogidze
  4. Krtsanisi  – Zurab Rekhviashvili
  5. Mtatsminda – Vakhtang Gvazava
  6. Vake – Merab Machavariani
  7. Chughureti  – Rusudan Tevzadze
  8. Didube – Giorgi Kajaia
  9. Saburtalo  – Mikheil Nabijashvili
  10. Nadzaladevi – Galaktion Gudushauri

The mayoral candidates in the regions are: 

  1. Rustavi – Beka Liluashvili
  2. BatumiIrakli Mikeladze
  3. OzurgetiGia Tsetskhladze
  4. LanchkhutiElguja Kalandarishvili
  5. ChokhatauriPaata Berishvili
  6. Kutaisi – Giorgi Goguadze
  7. KharagauliVarlam Tavzarashvili
  8. ZestaponiLasha Tskhadadze
  9. BagdatiLado Vardzieli
  10. ChiaturaUsup (Uta) Bitsadze
  11. TkibuliSandro Sakhvadze
  12. TskaltuboRusudan Silagadze
  13. TelaviGiga Orkodashvili
  14. Kvareli – Giorgi Gigiloshvili
  15. Mtskheta – Ana Buchukuri
  16. Tianeti – Tamaz Iarajuli
  17. Dusheti – Tengiz Zhamutashvili
  18. Kazbegi – Giorgi Gomiashvili
  19. AmbrolauriParnaoz Bakuradze
  20. Oni – Imeda Meshvildishvili
  21. TsageriBesarion Bendeliani
  22. LentekhiJamlat Gvidiani
  23. ZugdidiGega Shengelia
  24. MartviliLasha Lekishvili
  25. Akhaltsikhe – Giorgi Arveladze
  26. Gori – Konstantine Ananiashvili
  27. Kareli – Vakhtang Gogichaishvili
  28. Kaspi – Giorgi Bestavashvili
  29. Khashuri – Zviad Tepnadze​​​​​
  30. Abasha – Avtandil Bokuchava
  31. Senaki – Giorgi Sichinava
  32. Khobi – Badri Jobava
  33. Tsalenjikha – Khvicha Mebonia
  34. Chkhorotsku – Shengeli Jikia
  35. Poti – Giorgi Apsaridze
  36. Mestia – Malkhaz Udesiani
  37. Batumi – Irakli Mikeladze

Georgia will have local self-government elections on October 2. 

Georgian Dream ruling party has named acting mayor Kakha Kaladze for the second tenure in mid-July. Nika Melia runs as the candidate for the united opposition, the party co-founder Ana Bibilashvili will run for Lelo, while Anna Dolidze - For the People party has nominated its founder Anna Dolidze as a candidate for Tbilisi mayor

Nigerian businessman Arinze Richard Ogbunuju is also running for Tbilisi mayor. 

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