The opposition parties reject taking on their MP mandates and engage in the parliament work before agreement on either new elections or the release of political prisoners is reached, Davit Bakradze, leader of the European Georgia party, told journalists ahead of the meeting of the opposition parties.
According to Bakradze, the amendment of the Election Code cannot be a precondition to enter the parliament.
He also added that the principled stand of the opposition during today’s meeting with facilitator ambassadors would be to make every detail of the talks public, for everyone to make their position known, and for the public to learn the standpoint of each party.
“I can say on behalf of the European Georgia party that amendments to the Election Code will not be enough to reverse our position and enter the parliament when the Georgian Dream refuses to hold new elections or release political prisoners,” Bakradze said.
Leader of the European Georgia added that he hopes other parties will stay committed to their position since accepting parliamentary seats now means legitimation of the rigged elections.
The fourth round of negotiations between representatives of the ruling Georgian Dream Party and the opposition, facilitated by the US and the EU Ambassadors to Georgia, recently kicked off.