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UNM to Nominate no Candidate in By-Elections, Supporting Badri Japaridze

By The Messenger Staff
Thursday, February 17, 2022
The United National Movement will not nominate a majoritarian candidate in the by-elections in Rustavi and will support Badri Japaridze.

Khatia Dekanoidze, one of the leaders of the United National Movement, told the media before entering Lelo's office.

According to Khatia Dekanoidze, "it will be a very difficult battle" because the government will "try to mobilize all its resources", but the maximum will be done through joint efforts.

We talked to Mr. Badri yesterday and agreed that we would have consultations today. As for his candidacy in Rustavi, Badri Japaridze was unjustly deprived of his mandate, it was a political theft of the mandate so that the opposition would not be strongly represented in the parliament.

Do not have the opportunity to set up commissions of inquiry. Therefore, in this phase of the struggle, which is quite difficult, including the by-elections due to his character being very principled, an important decision was made by Mr. Badri.

As for his support in Rustavi, of course, we discussed this issue, the UNM will not nominate a candidate and will support Badri Japaridze in Rustavi. We share that it should be a common platform, it should be a united effort.

We also think that it will be a very difficult fight, because the government will try to mobilize all its resources, but Mr. Badri's decision is really appreciated. We will do our best through joint efforts, Khatia Dekanoidze said.