“We remain hopeful that we will sit down at the negotiating table with the representatives of this regime and discuss the issue of holding new elections.” – Nika Melia.
Nika Melia, the leader of the United National Movement, said the above at a briefing at the party office, speaking out today following Giorgi Gakharia resignation from the post of Prime Minister due to the fact he “could not reach an agreement with the team on Melia’s detention.”
The UNM Chairman said he believes only early elections will bring the country out of the crisis.
Melia thanked his supporters and said that the main thing for the opposition has always been, is and will be, the rule of law and the principle of fair elections.
“Mr. Gakharia has enough political and human sins in connection with June 20, and he will never wash away this stain. The fact that Mr. Gakharia resigned today and practically admitted that bloodshed and violence were planned on the free will of free people, and that he did not do so, is appreciated. But that does not help the case. Rapid action will help. We, the main opposition movement, demand an urgent meeting with the representatives of the regime, with the participation of our partner ambassadors, on the only issue – new elections,” he said.
Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced today that he is resigning. In response, the MIA temporarily postponed the planned detention of Melia.