Opposition leaders sign agreement ahead of election run-offs

Khoshtaria stated that the unification of political forces is crucial 'when the ruling party seeks to divide society.' Photo: Screenshot from video.

Agenda.ge, 20 Oct 2021 - 17:25, Tbilisi,Georgia

Political movement Droa leader Elene Khoshtaria and leader of the opposition Lelo for Georgia party Mamuka Khazaradze have signed a coalition cooperation document earlier today ahead of municipal election run-offs slated for October 30.  

The opposition leaders say they are creating the platform to ‘pull the country out of 30 years of one-party rule.’ 

Khazaradze called the coalition a ‘turning point.’ 

We [members of Droa and Lelo] have gathered to create a united front and a unified platform for all pro-Western forces to join us and create a pro-Western coalition government once and for all,” Khazaradze said. 

Khoshtaria underlined the importance of the second round of municipal elections and stated that ‘we make choices for unity and diversity.’ 

Lelo received 2.71% of the vote while Droa garnered 0.61% in municipal elections in Georgia on October 2. 

Mayoral election run-offs will be held on October 30 in 20 of 64 constituencies of Georgia, including the five largest cities: Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Rustavi, Batumi and Poti. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Candidates of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party and the largest opposition United National Movement (UNM) party will compete in 17 of the 20 election constituencies.

Based on the final results of the October 2 local self-government race the GD received 46.74% of the vote and won the majority of mayoral constituencies while the UNM received 30.68% and ex-PM Giorgi Gakharia’s For Georgia party gathered 7.79% of the vote. 

International observers stated that the October 2 local elections were well-organised, however, characterised by ‘increased polarisation.’

A total of 1,024 foreign observers from 52 international organisations monitored the self-government election in Georgia. 

MEPs will observe the municipal election run-offs as well, Chairwoman of the Georgian Parliament’s EU integration committee Maka Bochorishvili announced yesterday.