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PM presents GD candidates for midterm elections

By Tea Mariamidze
Tuesday, September 1
The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili presented the majoritarian candidates of the coalition Georgian Dream (GD) for midterm parliamentary elections to be held in Martvili and Sagarejo in October.

According to the PM, the representative of GD in Martvili, Samegrelo Region will be Soso Danelia and in Sagarejo, Kakheti region Tamar Khidasheli, former head of Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA).

Garibashvili presented the candidates in the office of GD on August 31. He noted that Danelia has good diplomatic experience and is from Martvili himself.

“Danelia has worked on various positions in Italy. Also, he is the author of scientific papers and was granted scientific titles in Georgia and Italy,” Garibashvili said.

As for Khidasheli, PM said that currently she works in the office of Public Defender and participates in implementation of the Association Agenda with European Union.

“Georgian Dream and I have in common the same values; making this decision was not easy but I decided to leave the comfort zone and protect the rights of people,” Tamar Khidasheli stated.

Both, the candidates and Prime Minister are sure they win the elections.

The midterm parliamentary elections will be held in October. The two districts do not have their representatives in the Parliament as the candidate of Martvili, Nauli Janashia died several months ago and Sagarejo representative, Tina Khidasheli was appointed as the Defence Minister.

It should be noted that representatives of both the parliamentary and non-parliamentary opposition are boycotting the elections.

The political parties say that with their boycott they aim to attract the attention of international organizations and oblige the government to implement changes in election code, which means the rejection of the majoritarian election system (when the MP is elected by direct voting) and replacing it by the proportional one (when the parties receive the number of MP mandates proportional to the votes it gathered in the election).

The majority says that both the parliamentary and non-parliamentary opposition are aware that their chances to win the elections are very low, that is why they have refused to participate in midterm elections.