Khatia Dekanoidze, one of the leaders of the United National Movement opposition party, on Friday cited its “unjustifiable” governance with an “old paradigm” as the basis for her decision to leave the party.
Dekanoidze made the remark in response to a question from the press on whether her decision to quit UNM ranks was related to the alleged influence of former Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili in party affairs.
Merabishvili has been accused of “shadowy interference” in developments in the party and domestic politics in general by members of the party, including through his role in the election of Levan Khabeishvili as the new Chair in January.
Dekanoidze also told the press her decision to leave the party was “final and will not change”, but vowed to continue “active involvement” in domestic politics and “defence” of “political prisoners”, in reference to former President Mikheil Saakashvili and TV channel Director General Nika Gvaramia.
She also pledged to “spare no effort” for the country’s European integration.