The candidate for presidency in Georgia, businessman Arkadi (Badri) Patarkatsishvili, decided not to come to Georgia on the day of presidential elections on 5 January and will participate in the elections in the polling station being organized in London in Georgian Embassy in Great Britain, Novosti Georgia reports.
Arkadi Patarkatsishvili who is considered the richest man in Georgia was in Tbilisi last time at the beginning of November 2007 and left the country after his speech in the demonstration of opposition in front of the Parliament.
After destroying the demonstration, Patarkatsishvili was accused of the efforts of coup d'etat during the 2-7 November events in Tbilisi and using Imedi Media Holding to realize these goals.
Receiving official registration as a candidate for presidency, Patarkatsishvili immunity and can not be arrested or detained by the completion of the presidential elections. However, Patarkatsishvili and his election headquarter do not consider the immunity enough. Several days prior to the New Year, Patarkatsishvili stated that he abandoned the participation in the presidential elections and removed his candidature. An official letter on this issue was expected to be submitted to the Central Election Commission of Georgia on 4 January. However, at the final moment, Patarkatsishvili changed his mind and decided to participate in the elections.
Patarkatsishvili's statement caused scandal. At the end of the pre-election campaign, Patarkatsishvili remained without support of Imedi TV channel. The company's team stated that they can not continue the work under pressure and decided not to participate in the political games and temporarily terminated the broadcasting.
In addition, Georgi Jvania, the brother of the deceased Prime minister of Georgia Zurab Jvania, denied the position of the Head of Patarkatsishvili's election headquarter.