Several opposition parties join President's Georgian Charter
Several opposition parties join President's Georgian Charter

Several opposition parties have expressed their commitment to join the Georgian Charter proposed by President Salome Zourabichvili.

The United National Movement (UNM) declared its support. In a released statement, the party welcomed the President’s initiative, emphasizing the importance of forming a united pro-Western vision to advance Georgia’s EU integration.

“Accordingly, the United National Movement joins the Georgian Charter initiated by the President,” the statement affirmed.

Badri Japaridze, a leader of the Lelo party, confirmed their support for the Charter.

“Lelo will certainly join this Charter. We believe its implementation will definitely make the country a member of the European Union. It is a very important Charter, and we will join,” Japaridze stated.

Similarly, Strategy Agmashenebeli announced its alignment with the Charter. Strategy Agmashenebeli praised the initiative for its focus on bolstering Georgia’s European trajectory and called for unity among pro-Western parties.

“Strategy Agmashenebeli joins the Georgian Charter initiated by the President,” the party declared.

Nika Gvaramia, the leader of the Ahali party, announced that he would sign the Charter.

“Even more important than the content is the principle that Salome Zourabichvili becomes the centre of gravity around which the struggle for the main goal – the western future of Georgia, will be united,” said Nika Gvaramia.

Nika Melia, another leader of the Ahali party, clarified that the President’s vision does not necessarily imply a unified electoral list. Melia emphasized that different opposition factions can maintain their distinct identities while collaborating towards common goals, particularly in opposing pro-Russian stances and advocating for Western alignment.

The parties Girchi – More Freedom and Droa welcomed the initiative and expressed readiness to sign the Charter.

“This initiative envisages the parties’ agreement on a unified vision of reforms necessary for the opening of negotiations with the EU,” their statement notes.

The leader of European Georgia, Giga Bokeria, evaluated the President’s speech and all the main messages very positively.

“My political position, as one of the leaders of European Georgia, is that all responsible forces must join the President’s messages. In my party, I don’t want to speak instead of someone else, but I will risk predicting that my political team will be in full accord regarding these issues,” he added.

The Citizens Party announced its commitment to the Georgian Charter. In its statement, it emphasized the necessity of fundamental reforms for the European future of Georgia and for the country’s institutional and democratic development. “Accordingly, the party Citizens shares and joins the action plan initiated by the president,” the statement read.

Bachuki Kardava, leader of the National Democratic Party, also confirmed their support for the Georgian Charter. “In this situation, the initiative of the president is timely and acceptable,” Kardava noted.

On May 26, Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili proposed the action plan – the Georgian Charter to the political parties. According to the President, the Georgian Charter reflects the society’s order and demand.