George Melashvili, the President of Europe-Georgia Institute participated in the episode of weekly TV journal “Droeba” at “Formula-TV” on April 11. He discussed the upcoming municipal elections in the context of the on-going political crisis. Melashvili also talked about the return of Gia Gachechiladze, more commonly referred as “Ucnobi” in Georgian politics.

This episode analyzed the importance of municipal elections. It circled around the possible boycott of this election by the opposition, in addition to identifying possible strategies of the ruling party.

George Melashvili stated that fluctuations in election results is an indication of the changing will of the people. In his opinion, Municipal Elections will be an important test both for the opposition and the government. It will demonstrate what kind of support each side has. Melashvili considers that a boycott will damage the opposition and cause its marginalization.

He also commented on the return of Gia Gachechiladze to politics. He highlighted that before each election some kind of power emerges, which tries to capitalize on the fears of those, who don’t want to see the return of the United National Movement to government. At the same time Georgian Dream isn’t the best fit for their views. He brought the example of “Alliance of Patriots”. But after the last elections the members of this party elected by the people didn’t join the parliament, therefore this part of the electorate is free of any influences. Melashvili considers that Gachechiladze tries to mobilize these people in his support. If so, in his opinion, Gachechiladze will convert this into financial or any other kind of benefit.

George Melashvili, the President of Europe-Georgia Institute participated in the episode of weekly TV journal “Droeba” at “Formula-TV”. He discussed the upcoming municipal elections in the context of the on-going political crisis. Melashvili also talked about the return of Gia Gachechiladze, more commonly referred as “Ucnobi” in Georgian politics. 

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