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Opposition says it has plan how to settle economic problems

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Thursday, January 21
The United National Movement (UNM) opposition party is offering Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili to hold a meeting with them.

At a press conference on January 20, Davit Bakradze, one of the leaders of the National Movement, said the party wants to present a plan to the Prime Minister on how to drive the country “out of the current economic crisis”.

"We are ready to meet with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili to suggest an economic plan to him. At the meeting with the parliamentary minority, Prime Minister Kvirikashvili expressed his willingness to meet with the opposition and discuss an anti-crisis plan. If he really meant it, we confirm that we are ready for such a meeting and a dialogue. We are ready to present to the government a plan on how to drive the country out of the economic crisis and how to improve the situation of hundreds and thousands of families,” he said.

According to him, the mistakes made by the Georgian Dream coalition (GD) and its founder Bidzina Ivanishvili in the last three years – namely a lack of economic vision, incompetence and harmful regulations - drove Georgia into a deep economic crisis.

"As a consequence of all this, the national currency was depreciated, economic growth was halted, and tens of thousands of families are suffering from poverty. Unfortunately, the government still does not recognize the ongoing economic problems and it has not presented a unified plan on how to overcome the economic crisis,” Bakradze said.

Herewith, the opposition representative also stated that the ultimate solution of the situation would be the peaceful replacement of the Georgian Dream government in the 2016 parliamentary elections and that it would necessarily happen this year.

“However, nine months are left before the elections, and we, as a responsible opposition group, consider it necessary to do everything possible to stop the economic decline and the spread of national poverty,” said Bakradze.

The Government has not yet responded to the offer as Kvirikahsvili is in Davos to attend an economic forum there.

The majority says that the UNM is mainly focused on creating a political stir in the country and carrying out PR stunts rather than truly focusing on improving Georgia’s future.