Caucasus Reality 3 december — 13:38

Georgian authorities won't hold early elections

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Speaker of the Georgian Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze rules out the holding of early parliamentary elections, which are demanded by representatives of the opposition, RIA Novosti reports.

'Parliamentary elections will be held in 2020, as stipulated by the Constitution. We are preparing for the inauguration, as well as the parliamentary elections of 2020. This is our agenda,' Kobakhidze told reporters, adding that the opposition rally proved that it does not have any resources to organise a coup in the country and destabilise the situation.

Irakli Kobakhidze

It should be noted that a large-scale action of the Power in Unity opposition movement took place in the centre of Tbilisi, whose candidate Grigol Vashadze lost the second round of the presidential election on November 28. The opposition does not recognise the election results, intends to seek the annulment of them through the courts and demands that the authorities conduct early parliamentary elections. Vashadze said that he gives the authorities time before December 16 to start bilateral consultations with them, otherwise the protests will continue again. The date announced by the opposition on December 16 coincides with the inauguration of President-elect Salome Zurabishvili.

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