Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Tuesday denounced the domestic opposition as being in an “absolutely retrograde” state, claiming their “credibility” was “gone” and that citizens of the country could observe the circumstance for themselves.
Garibashvili said voter support for policies of the ruling Georgian Dream party had increased “even more” and reached 50-60 percent, in comments coming on the backdrop of a domestic backlash and public protests against a proposed bill on registering non-commercial legal entities and media outlets in the country as “agents of foreign influence” if they derive more than 20 percent of their income from abroad.
Our main goal is to maintain peace and stability in the country and bring rapid development. Everyone should come to terms with the following simple fact and truth: the future of our country does not and will no longer belong to agents of foreign countries, nor to servants of foreign countries, the future of our country and people belongs to patriots”, Garibashvili said.
“One thing I want to remind everyone - including the radical opposition - [is that] there has been a complete exposition of whom these people serve. It is a tragedy that such people are still in politics, but I think our people see things well because they are wise”, the PM said in unspecified allegations.
The head of the Government also claimed if the “radical opposition” were in power, it would have “turned Georgia into a war zone” on the backdrop of the “difficult reality” observed in the wider world.
It is a very difficult reality around the world. The war in Ukraine is not over. 20 percent [of its territory] has already been occupied by Russia and hundreds of thousands of people have died. Ukraine has suffered a loss of one trillion dollars”, he pointed out.
“On this backdrop, if these destructive people [the domestic opposition] were in power, of course, we have no doubts that there would be a second front in [Georgia], and they would turn the country into a war zone. We will not allow anyone to do this. There will be peace, stability and development in the country”, Garibashvili concluded.