Leaders of the “European Georgia” party that broke away from Mikhail Saakashvili’s party “United National Movement” presented their pre-election program on October 1 in Kutaisi and promised to reduce taxes, double increase pensions, and social assistance, and create 100 thousand jobs in case of victory.
During the briefing, party leaders David Bakradze, Gigi Ugulava, and Giga Bokereya stated that they would not go for the creation of a coalition with the ruling party “Georgian Dream” of Bidzina Ivanishvili but at the same time would not support the candidacy of former president Mikhail Saakashvili for the post of the prime minister of the country.
“Election of October 31 is an opportunity to lead the country out of deep social-economic crisis introduced by “Georgian Dream”. October 31 is a chance for a turning point for our people. That’s why “European Georgia” has a concrete plan and undertakes concrete obligations before the society, what should be done and what should not be done to achieve changes in Georgia, to overcome the crisis, and improve people’s lives. “European Georgia” commits not to enter into a coalition with Bidzina Ivanishvili and “Georgian Dream”. Secondly, we will not support Mikheil Saakashvili as prime minister because we believe that the time of one-party and one-man rule in this country is over,” David Bakradze said.
Regular parliamentary elections in Georgia will be held on October 31. 150 deputies will be elected to parliament at the general elections – 120 according to proportional lists of parties and 30 – in single-seat constituencies. The entrance barrier for parties will be 1 percent, and for blocs, the number of percent must be at least equal to the number of parties in the bloc. A total of 68 political forces expressed their desire to take part in the elections.