Giga Bokeria becomes new European Georgia party chair

  • Giga Bokeria as well as two former party leaders of European Georgia - Davit Bakradze and Gigi Ugulava - has been taking part in the EU-mediated talks between the ruling party and the opposition. Photo: European Georgia/Facebook, 11 Apr 2021 - 15:19, Tbilisi,Georgia

Giga Bokeria has been elected the new chair of the opposition European Georgia party replacing Davit Bakradze who has left the party. 

Your support is a great honour and responsibility for me”, Bokeria addressed his party members yesterday. 

Bakradze, who did not attend the assembly wrote on Facebook that following the recent parliamentary elections he would like to see the ‘fundamental renewal’ within the party.

He said that despite ‘the rude and apparent falsification’ of the 2020 parliamentary elections, the European Georgia ‘stood too far away from its desirable results’. Therefore, Bakradze said, the party needed new leaders and reforms to keep on going. 

This is why I made a decision to quit the chair’s post and thus open the door to emerging new leaders”, he said.

Although Bakradze wished Bokeria success, he considers that the latter should have also followed his example. Photo: European Georgia/Facebook

Our fight for better Georgia continues with or without the party”, the former chair Bakradze added.

Another European Georgian leader Gigi Ugulava, who also supported the party renewal and discouraged Bokeria’s decision,has left the party as well.

Ugulava wrote on Facebook that ‘despite the total falsification’ the 2020 elections ‘were unsuccessful for the party’. Therefore, its leaders had to make a step back ‘letting others develop the party’.

I am sorry but the path that the party has chosen looks more like a move to the past not to the future”, Ugulava posted on Facebook. 

Wishing the European Georgia future success, Ugulava said he will continue to fight against ‘the oligarchic regime’ of Bidzina Ivanishvili with other parties and civic groups, including the European Georgia. 

At the party assembly yesterday the party delegates have also elected Akaki Bobokhidze as secretary general, Gigi Tsereteli - as political council chair and Giorgi Kandelaki - as foreign secretaryPhoto: European Georgia/Facebook

Earlier in December one of the party leaders Elene Khoshtaria also lef announcing the creation of a new political force Droa (Eng: It’s Time).

European Georgian party, which received 3.79% of votes in last year’s parliamentary elections, refuse to take up its five parliamentary mandates claiming the elections were rigged in favour of the ruling Georgian Dream party.