2016 Parliamentary Elections

Gubaz Sanikidze to Leave National Forum

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The leader of the National Forum, Gubaz Sanikidze, announced today that he is to leave the party.

“The United National Movement and the Georgian Dream have achieved what they wanted, to run the country with an absolute majority. The Georgian Dream has taken the responsibility for the development of the country. The problem is that they are responsible for the failures and successes of the country. I personally am still optimistic” - stated Sanikidze.

The National Forum was founded in 2006 and was part of Georgian Dream coalition, before deciding to run independently in the 2016 elections, receiving 0.73% of the vote share.

The Republican Party and the Free Democrats, which were also part of the Georgian Dream coalition, decided to run separately for the recent elections. None of them managed to cross the minimum 5% threshold in the elections on October 8th.  On July 29, two members of the republican party resigned from their posts in government, including the Defence Minister Tina Khidasheli and former State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, Paata Zakareishvili.

The leader of the Republican Party, Davit Usupashvili, left the party On October 29. Following the October 8th elections, several politicians have announced that they are to leave their parties. At a special briefing on October 10, the leader of the Free Democrats, Irakli Alasania, announced that he is leaving the party temporarily, adding that he hopes to help his country in another capacity, and that he wouldn’t be stand in the runoff vote.  

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 the 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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