Former Prime Minister and the founder of the ruling Georgian Dream party Bidzina Ivanishvili says that he will not return to politics and will suspend any political and public activities following his announcement on Monday to leave Georgian politics.
Ivanishvili said that he will not even be a supporter of the ruling party and his ‘maximum’ civic activity will be voting in the elections.
I believe that this is my last interview (for the Georgian media). Several foreign publications have requested an interview and I may give the interview in the coming days. Then, I will suspend all public and political activities. There will be no consultations or remarks for the Georgian Dream by my side,” Ivanishvili told the Georgian Public Broadcaster yesterday.
He said that if members of the ruling party will be able to maintain healthy communication with one another the party will face no threats for at least four-five years.
The ruling Georgian Dream party won the parliamentary elections for the third time last year. Photo: Georgian Dream press office.
Ivanishvili stated that the party had been earlier informed that he would leave politics.
I have been preparing them for this for several months,” Ivanishvili stated.
He said that the Georgian Dream government has not made any mistakes that would hinder the state development.
The Georgian Dream has had a correct strategy on how to run the state,” Ivanishvili said.
Ivanishvili created the Georgian Dream coalition before the 2012 parliamentary elections and defeated the United National Movement in the race.
He left politics in 2013, but returned in 2018, stating that ‘that time the Georgian Dream needed my support and experience. Now the situation is different.’
Ivanishvili stated that his major charity was coming to politics for 2012 elections as through the step he created threats to his family and loved ones and helped the Georgian people free from ‘Mikheil Saakashvili’s authoritarian regime.’