Georgia, Tbilisi, May 13 / Trend, N. Kirtzkhalia /
The President of the Georgian-Abkhaz and Ossetian International Movement Nestan Kirtadze plans to run in the presidential election. As she said at a press conference on Monday, the ruling Georgian Dream Party's decision to nominate the Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili for the presidential election remains incomprehensible to her.
"The post of the President of Georgia remains one of the highest political positions, even given the new constitutional realities. Therefore, it is important whom the ruling power nominates as its candidate. Unfortunately, the party named Giorgi Margvelashvili, whose political background is in philosophy," Kirtadze noted.
According to her, she expected naming a candidate with correct perception of the main challenge faced by the country - territorial integrity. According to Kirtadze, the presidential campaign for her is a chance to engage in direct dialogue with the Abkhaz and Ossetian peoples as well as a dialogue with the government in connection with the peace process and national and territorial integrity.
So far, among presidential candidates are the Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Margvelashvili, ex-Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili and Labour Party leader Shalva Natelashvili.
Presidential election in Georgia is scheduled for the second half of 2013.
Large scale military actions were launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.