August 10, 2022

Former EU member from Georgia launches new political movement – Civil.ge

Elene Khoshtaria, former leader of the European Georgia party, who resigned in December 2020, spear a new political movement “Droa! (It’s time) aimed at “exposing” possible corruption, nepotism, injustice and ties to Russia in government and public offices.

Khoshtaria said on March 7 that Georgia was “gradually losing” its state institutions, claiming that the prosecutor’s office, police, justice and state security services were being used for political purposes by the party in the country. power Georgian Dream. In her first video speech “Droa”, she also highlighted the persistent socio-economic difficulties facing the Georgian population.

“The greatest evil is desperation,” Khostaria continued, adding that “government propaganda constantly tries to convince us that corruption, poverty, lack of perspective and occupation are our fate and our natural state.” According to Khoshtaria, his movement Will focus both on Tbilisi and the central government, and regions.

In one interview with RFE / RL’s Georgian service, Khoshtaria said leading a political movement, instead of a party, will allow them to cooperate with public organizations that avoid “partisan politics”.

Elene Khostaria left EG in December, after the party came third with 3.79% in the October 2020 general election, far behind the ruling Georgian Dream and the main opposition UNM. In the October elections, she ran for the single-member majority constituency of Vake in Tbilisi on the opposition’s joint list, garnering 35.55% of the vote in the first round and refusing to participate in the second turn.

Nonetheless, Khoshtaria was elected to the current Parliament on the proportional list of the EG party, but the party joined other opposition parties / blocs in the boycott, demanding a vote.

Member of Parliament 2016-2020, Khoshtaria ran for mayor of Tbilisi in October 2017, scoring fourth with 7.11%. In the 2016 parliamentary elections, Khoshtaria was among the top candidates on the United National Movement party list, but she left the MNU with other leaders to create EG in January 2017.

Previously, she was the First Deputy Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration in 2007-2012.

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