Democratic Movement – United Georgia

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Democratic Movement – United Georgia
დემოკრატიული მოძრაობა — ერთიანი საქართველო
Leader Nino Burjanadze
Founded 23 November 2008
Headquarters Tbilisi
Ideology Conservatism[citation needed]
Pro-Russian[citation needed]
Euroscepticism
Colours Blue, White
Seats in Parliament
0 / 150
Website
www.democrats.ge

Democratic Movement – United Georgia (Georgian: დემოკრატიული მოძრაობა — ერთიანი საქართველო, demokratiuli modzraoba — ert’iani Sak’art’velo) is a centre-right political party in Georgia chaired by Nino Burjanadze; it was founded on 24 November 2008.[1][2] The secretary-general of the party is Vakhtang Kolbaia.

Until 2012, the party was in opposition to the government led by Mikheil Saakashvili and his United National Movement. The party favoured closer ties with both Russia and the European Union while maintaining and expanding many of the government's economic and social reform initiatives. It also claimed to seek greater political freedom above and beyond what Saakashvili's administration claimed to provide. It vehemently opposed what it characterised as authoritarianism on the part of Saakashvili's government.[3]

The government accused the opposition of plotting a coup in the wake of the 2008 South Ossetia war. In turn, the party accused the government of conducting a "campaign of terror" against the opposition.[4]

In 2014 some leaders of Christian-Democratic Movement joined and formed Bloc with Burjanadze's party and Georgian Troupe, bloc gained more than 10% on local elections, on Tbilisi Mayoral elections, 2014 party's candidate Dimitri Lortkipanidze came third.

2011 Georgian Protests[edit]

On May 21, 2011 over 10,000 people protested against Mikheil Saakashvili's Government, party leader Nino Burjanadze, her Husband Badri Bitsadze and other leaders of opposition were main figures. Protests overgrew into violence and clash with Police on 26 May 2011 when protesters tried to prevent a parade commemorating Georgian Independence Day, some of leaders were arrested.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090619194432/http://www.democrats.ge//en//programa//moklevadiani-programa.html. Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ [1] Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [2] Archived October 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Georgia holds opposition members - Europe". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 

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