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Mayoral candidate opens election headquarters

By Tea Mariamidze
Monday, August 28
Kakha Kaladze, the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party’s mayoral candidate, has officially launched his pre-election campaign by opening his election headquarters on Sunday.

At the opening ceremony, Kaladze said that the aim of his team is to solve the problems of Tbilisi residents.

Kaladze, who was named as the candidate by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili in July, stressed that participating in the local elections was a huge responsibility for him.

“I am well aware of what it means to be Tbilisi Mayor. Through political support of the government team we will be able to deal with challenges of our city…I feel the support of the population and I want to thank them for this,” he noted.

Kaladze added that a lot has been done in the capital during the recent years, adding much more needs to be done in the future.

“I will work for each Tbilisi resident. I will not get tired of working and serving Tbilisi and its citizens,” he claimed.

Prime Minister Kvirikashvili also attended the opening ceremony of Kaladze’s headquarters, and said that Kaladze will win the race.

"Kakha is a novelty-oriented person who has modern approaches and has established himself as a politician for whom the main thing is morality and decency, so I am sure that he will win the elections in the first round and I am sure that it will be a fresh start for Tbilisi,” he stated.

The PM also praised the head of Kaladze’s election headquarters, Archil Talakvadze.

"Archil is a very organized, good young politician and I am sure he will fulfill his duties,” PM added.

Georgian Parliament Chair and member of the ruling party, Irakli Kobakhidze wished Kaladze luck. While delivering a speech, he said Kaladze would be the ‘champion’ in the elections.

“I want to wish Kakha Kaladze success. We all are convinced that he will win and succeed,” he stated.

The local elections will be held on October 21, 2017. At local elections, self-governing cities will elect mayors as well as members and chairs of local councils.