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Vakhtang Khmaladze and Tina Khidasheli to Leave the Republican Party

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Members of the Republican Party, Vakhtang Khmaladze and Tina Khidasheli have decided to leave the party because of their differing opinions on the future work of the party. On October 29, another member of the Republican party and former chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Davit Usupashvili, also left the party. He named the same reason for his departure.

According to Interpressnews, Khmaladze said that “We have reached such a level of disagreement pertaining to the question of the party's future work and actions that it is no longer reasonable to continue working together. I will continue to work in politics, but we will have to see about the future.”

According to Republican Party member Levan Berdzenishvili, Tina Khidasheli has already signed the papers to leave the party.

The Republican Party didn't manage to cross the 5% threshold during the October 8 elections. After counting votes from 3702 ballot stations, the Central Electoral Commission announced that three parties had crossed the 5% threshold - Georgian Dream with 48.65% (856,762 votes), United National Movement with 27.12% (477 596 votes) and the Patriots’ Alliance with 5% (88,109 votes).

The Republican Party of Georgia decided to run independently for the 2016 Parliamentary Elections, and thus left the Georgian Dream coalition. On July 29, two members of the republican party resigned from their government posts: former Defence Minister Tina Khidasheli and former State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, Paata Zakareishvili.

Another Republican minister in the government, Gigla Agulashvili (Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia) left the Republican Party in July 2016 and joined the Georgian Dream.

Since the October 8 elections, several politicians have announced their intention to leave their parties. At a special briefing on October 10, the leader of Free Democrats, Irakli Alasania, announced that he would be leaving the party temporarily. According to him, he will aid his country better in another capacity. Irakli Alasania also won’t be running in runoff elections for a single-mandate seat in Gori.

On October 25, a number of former leaders of the Free Democrats, Zurab Abashidze, Davit Onoprishvili and Gia Tsagareishvili announced that they plan to cooperate with Georgian Dream. Davit Onoprashvili has openly encouraged members of the public to support the Georgian Dream, adding that in his view, there is ‘no alternative’.

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