Nika Melia, the chairman of the opposition United National Movement, is leaving his parliamentary mandate. He made the relevant statement at a briefing.
However, he said, he is fully involved in the election process together with another UNM leader Elene Khoshtaria, “in order to register the defeat of the Georgian Dream in the October referendum.”
Regarding the other members of the party that entered the parliament, Melia appeals to the representatives of the National Movement to stay in the legislature in order to complete the constitutional changes.
“I asked my friends to formally and technically remain in Parliament at this stage in order to complete the procedures for the transition to a proportional electoral system. If this is done, the international community will see even more clearly what they are dealing with, and only then, after winning the referendum, will this parliament be dissolved and there will be the new legitimate parliament elected by the Georgian people.
“I, Nika Melia, am leaving the Parliament, the parliamentary mandate, and at my own principled request, technically and formally, our friends remain in the parliament,” UNM Chairman said.
By Ana Dumbadze