The largest opposition United National Movement (UNM) party member Nona Mamulashvili has announced earlier today that she will leave the Georgian parliament amid the protests of the municipal election run-offs results and demand of its annulment by the opposition.
Mamulashvili stated that the election results were stolen by the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party, noting that ‘it makes no sense to be in parliament.’
I will address the parliament very soon and I will officially leave the mandate,” Mamulashvili said.
She praised the leader of the Lelo opposition party, Mamuka Khazaradze, for his decision to suspend MP status which he announced at the protest rally yesterday in central Tbilisi.
Leader of opposition party Girchi - More Freedom Zurab Japaridze has also left the parliament following the protest wave.
Ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili, who currently is on hunger strike in prison, has urged opposition MPs to leave their mandates, saying that the GD falsified the results of municipal elections. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.
The Georgian opposition leaders claim the results of the election run-offs are falsified, announcing rallies in the cities of Batumi, Kutaisi, and Zugdidi, and a large-scale demonstration in Tbilisi on November 6.
Based on the final results of the local self-government election run-offs held on October 30, the opposition has won the majority in seven out of 64 municipalities – Batumi, Zugdidi, Martvili, Chkhorotsku, Tsalenjikha, Rustavi and Senaki.
However, the ruling party mayoral candidates have won in all self-governing cities and municipalities except for Tsalenjikha, where the UNM party candidate, Giorgi Kharchilava, won with 51.11%.
The US Embassy has released the statement earlier today which shares the evaluations of the OSCE/ODIHR, stating that ‘elections were generally calm and well-administered but allegations of intimidation and pressure on voters persisted.’
A total of 1,024,406 out of 2,088,722 voters participated in Georgia’s local municipal election run-offs which amounted to 49.9% of eligible voters.