Georgia

Top ruling party lawmaker assesses West’s reaction to Georgia’s political crisis as “measured and soft”

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest February 26, 2021

Analyst suggests sanctions needed against kingpin oligarch Ivanishvili in effort to defend democracy.

COLCHIS: Georgia is in crisis, but it’s far from the end of democracy

Alexander Scrivener of the Eurasia Democratic Security Network February 25, 2021

The news from Georgia over the past few days has been depressing. Headlines like, “Georgian opposition leader arrested” and, “opposition HQ stormed” evoke the sort of post-Soviet authoritarianism Georgia wants to put behind itself

OPINION: PM's resignation is a make-or-break moment for Georgia

Ghia Nodia in Tbilisi February 23, 2021

What next in Georgia following the turmoil in recent days that has seen the PM quit, the leader of the opposition grabbed by security forces and Irakli Garibashvili, who is refusing to hold a snap election, made the new head of government?

Police grab Georgia’s opposition leader after storming barricaded party offices

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest February 23, 2021

Move comes after new PM is appointed and declares: “We categorically refuse any negotiations on a snap election! This issue is closed!” Predecessor resigned five days ago saying move to detain UNM head would exacerbate divisions in country.

Georgia’s PM resigns after court orders detention of opposition leader

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest February 18, 2021

Amid country’s political crisis sparked by claims of a rigged general election, Giorgi Gakharia says “I want to believe that this step will help reduce polarisation”.

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