Georgian parliament speaker to attend congress of former defense minister’s party
Tbilisi, Georgia, Nov. 8
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Chairman of the Georgian Parliament Davit Usupashvili intends to attend a congress of former Defense Minister Irakli Alasania's party "Free Democrats".
Usupashvili has recently made this statement in an interview with the Imedi TV company.
"I do not think that something extraordinary will happen at the congress," he said. "A new era begins every day in our life, as in the life of each political party. The political organization's congress is important. Alasania left the post of the party chairman two years ago. Now, the party members decided to bring him back."
"Perhaps, I will attend this congress as a chairman of the parliament," he said.
"Free Democrats" party members are my colleagues," Usupashvili said. "Of course, no one welcomes the recent events in Georgia. But I would advise some public members not to make premature conclusions in connection with my possible appearance at the party congress."
Following the resignation of party leader Alasania from the post of defense minister, "Free Democrats" party left the "Georgian Dream" ruling coalition.
Alasania made this statement after a meeting with members of the coalition in the "Georgian Dream" central office Nov. 5.
The party members say they will work independently both in the parliament and local authoritative bodies.
It should be recalled that on November 4 after the meeting of the political council of the Georgian Dream bloc, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili made a statement that he dismissed the Defense Minister Irakli Alasania.
Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili also resigned following Alasania's resignation.