The Georgian Dream party announced on Sunday that Irakli Beria will stand as its majoritarian candidate in the Khobi single-mandate district in Samegrelo. If elected, Beria will replace the district’s current Georgian Dream Member of Parliament, Goderdzi Bukia.
The Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said that Bukia was planned to continue his business activities and was stepping down to avoid any possible conflicts of interest.
For the past decade, Irakli Beria has worked for Cartu Bank, which is owned by the former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.
Georgia has a mixed electoral system. Seventy-three members of the 150 seat parliament are elected in single-member constituencies, know in Georgia as Majoritarian MPs. Majoritarian candidates need to win more than 50% of vote share in order to win, otherwise a second round of voting is held.