Prime Minister Gakharia resigns after a dispute


After a court ordered the arrest of the opposition leader, the political crisis in Georgia continued to heat up. Prime Minister Gacharia had come under increasing pressure – and is now resigning.

Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Gacharia has resigned in the dispute over the planned arrest of an opposition leader. The arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia, ordered by a court, threatens to fuel the political crisis in the country, Gacharia said on Thursday. Should the opposition actually be arrested, this would put “the health and life of our citizens” at risk.

Crisis since October

A court on Wednesday ordered Melia to be taken into custody. He is accused of inciting violence during protests critical of the government in 2019. The head of the largest opposition party UNM rejects the allegations.

Georgia has been in a political crisis since the parliamentary elections in October. According to the electoral authority, the ruling Georgian Dream party won, the opposition speaks of electoral fraud. On Wednesday, in view of the expected court decision on Melia, the leaders of almost all opposition parties gathered at the UNM headquarters in Tbilisi and announced resistance to Melia’s arrest by the police.

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