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Top ten from UNM

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Wednesday, May 18
Yesterday, the parliamentary opposition United National Movement (UNM) revealed its top ten people on the election list for the October parliamentary race.

The list completely matched the list revealed by Georgia’s private broadcaster Rustavi 2 several days ago.

Davit Bakradze, one of the most prominent faces of the party, was named as number one on the list.

The following positions were occupied by UNM members, former officials and experts.

Davit Bakradze-UNM leader;

Elene Khoshtaria - representative of the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Georgia’s Reforms Associates (GRASS);

Roman Gotsiridze - former head of the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) in 2005-2007;

Nika Melia - UNM member;

Giorgi Tugushi - former public defender and Minister of Corrections of Georgia under the previous state leadership;

Otar Kakhidze - a lawyer;

Salome Samadashvili - a lawyer, took several high-ranking diplomatic posts under the previous state leadership;

Irakli Abesadze - UNM member;

Sergi Kapanadze - former deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs under the UNM leadership, founder of NGO Georgia’s Reforms Associates, and;

Sergo Ratiani - UNM lawmaker.

In his speech Bakradze said that Georgia required the “right vision, high-competence and renewed energy”, which would all be ensured by the UNM.

“We have presented the renewed team and the team with its right vision, new energy, past experience and knowledge will take the country out of the existing economic crisis,” Bakradze said and promised the UNM party list would include some other new faces.

A representative of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) coalition said the renewed team would not help the UNM to win the race as people already accumulated a very negative attitude towards the party.