Mikheil Machavariani, the executive secretary of the United National Movement (UNM), will be the acting general secretary of the UNM. The political council took this decision because of UNM General Secretary Vano Merabishvili being in pretrial detention since 21 May 2013. The council discussed future plans of the political party. According to the UNM, several new departments will be established. Secretaries of these departments will be elected at the next meeting of the council.
"The political council has discussed the structure of the party, considered a list of candidates for secretaries whom we will elect next week. In order to enable the party to continue operating in a normal mode, the functions of the general secretary have been delegated to the executive secretary. We elected Mikheil Machavariani as the executive secretary," UNM MP Goka Gabashvili said on 13 November.