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Compiled by Eter Tsotniashvili
Wednesday, July 23
“Saganelidze does not leave politics”

Alia reports that a New Rights member will stay in politics as well as working for a private business:

“One of the leaders of the New Rights, Davit Saganelidze, has returned to his business activities, New Rights member Manana Nachkebia has said.

‘Davit Saganelidze returned to his previous job, business, but is not going to leave politics. On the contrary we are going to continue our struggle more actively. It is not at all surprising that we want financing and that’s why being involved in business is quite normal,’ Nachkebia said.

Saganelidze had a sugar business before entering politics and he is expected to return to the same business.”

“Gamkrelidze has consultations with Okruashvili”

Alia reports that leaders of the United Opposition coalition have been in talks with former government minister Irakli Okruashvili, who set up an opposition party last year before seeking asylum in France:

“United Opposition leaders have held consultations with former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili and say that the opposition will be more active from September.

The details of the opposition leaders’ talks are not known but it is known that New Rights leader Davit Gamkrelidze visited Okruashvili in France a number of days ago.

According to Eka Beselia, a member of Okruashvili’s party, journalists release false information when they talk about the opposition’s disintegration and union of Okruashvili’s and Kakha Shartava’s parties.

Beselia said that currently the opposition does not have one specific leader and that there is no discussion about a future opposition leader. She said the opposition’s main goal is to consider what kind of union will they have—a political center or a different one.”

“Gamkrelidze will speak about democratic crisis in US”

Kviris Palitra reports that a leader of the United Opposition coalition is on a trip to the US:

“New Rights leader Davit Gamkrelidze has left for the US for ten days.

The opposition leader will hold meetings at the US Senate, the White House and State Department. He will deliver a speech titled ‘Democratic Crises and Political Prospects of Georgia.’ at the National Democratic Institute.