( Prime-News ) - Presidential candidate Badri Patarkatsishvili will not withdraw his candidacy from the presidential elections scheduled for January 05 2008.
That is said at the statement released by the press center of Patarkatsishvili several minutes ago.
"Following the recent events, couple of days ago, I had a phone conversation with His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II. We did not discuss issues concerned with the elections. But this conversation has given me the power to declare that I will not withdraw my candidacy and will continue to fight on to be elected president, to develop Georgia into true democratic country with independent Parliament and Courts", Patarkatsishvili states at the statement.
He confirms that all his promises to the people of Georgia outlined in his economic program "Support. Development. Prosperity", will be fulfilled. "Already starting from January 2008, and for the next 18 months, I will, from my own money: - pay GEL 50 a month to every unemployed person in the country; - cover the following expenses for every Georgian family - the first 100 kWh of their electricity bill, the same amount toward the gas bill and the entire water bill; - buy from the farming community the entire citrus and grape harvest of 2008" Patarkatsishvili notes
According to the statement of the presidential candidate, minimal wage will be GEL 300 per month, minimal pension will be GEL 120, minimal pension for veterans will be GEL 150 per month also for the first new-born child family will be paid amount of GEL 3,000, for the second -GEL 4,000, for each next child - GEL 5,000.
At the same time Patarkatsishvili states that let that all the wiretappings spread by the media are a provocation organized by the Georgian special services and have been fabricated to discredit him.
"I also declare that information on an attempt to assassinate me, about which the authorities are keeping silent, is verified documentary. All relevant materials on this issue were presented to the Scotland Yard", the presidential candidate notes.
Patarkatsishvili calls Georgian authorities on stopping terrorizing people. He
appeals to international organizations to evaluate the actions of the authorities objectively.
Badri Patarkatsishvili decided to withdraw his candidacy on December 27. He intended to appeal officially to CEC on January 04.