2016 Parliamentary Elections

Shots Fired at Gori Campaign Rally Meeting

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Shots were fired at a campaign meeting of majoritarian candidate Irakli Okraushvili in Gori. A member of Okrashvili’s security and a supporter activist were shot. Okruashvili has claimed that responsibility for the attack lie with the regional Georgian Dream activists.

“Their attempts to hinder our meetings this morning were unsuccessful, until they opened fire. Aleksandre Induashvili, who has a serious criminal past, was brought in to disrupt the meeting. He was brought in by one of the Georgian Dream coordinators from Gori, Eduard Nutsubidze.  Several shots were purposefully directed at me and my security. The Georgian Dream should take the responsibility for this and the police should respond adequately, seeking justice.” - said Okruashvili

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has opened an investigation into the incident.

Irakli Okruashvili held a number of ministerial posts in the previous government before resigning in 2006 after a reported fall out with the then-President Mikheil Saakashvili. In 2007 he was found guilty of abuse of power, money laundering and corruption and was granted political asylum in France.

In the village of Didinezi, Zugdidi municipality, clashes between United National Movement and Georgian dream supporters have left three people hospitalized.  

The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy and the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association have issued a joint statement condemning such violent incidents and encouraging political representatives to act responsibly and to refrain from any confrontations or violence.

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