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Ana Dabrundashvili

Georgia Votes: Parties Name Majoritarian MP Candidates

Political parties name Majoritarian MP Candidates who will compete for 73 out of 150 seats in Georgian parliament: some old faces after a facelift, some new ones.

A replica of the chess set that once belonged to Napoleon, author: Old Shoe Woman, source: flickr

United National Movement

Giorgi Vashadze, Ministry of Justice, Georgia, source: justice.gov.ge

The United National Movement (UNM) did not offer Georgian voters new faces but there are several old ones after a slight “political facelift”.

Few of UNM majoritarian candidates are high executive officials. Former healthcare minister Andria Urushadze will run for Saburtalo single-mandate constituency, one of the central areas of Tbilisi. He unexpectedly disappeared from the cabinet of ministers in 2012, yet his appointment in 2010 was also unexpected. Former Deputy Minister of Justice Giorgi Vashadze, a man behind one of the most praised projects of this government – Public Service Halls – will run for Isani, also in Tbilisi.

An exchange between executive and legislative branches has become common practice, which makes the line between the two blurry. The rest of UNM majoritarian MP candidates include acting lawmakers and known party members – no sportsmen and retired singers this time – UNM is keeping it dry and professional.

Georgian Dream

Kakhaber Kaladze

"Kakha" Kaladze, author: Мельников Александр, source: Wikimedia Commons

Perhaps the true variety is provided by Bidzina Ivanishvili-led Coalition whose majoritarian MP candidates range from governmental figures that went into opposition to sportsmen and actors.

Kakhi Kaladze, former captain of Georgian football team and player of AC Milan, will run in his native Samtredia, Western Georgia. Kaladze is often in the news as he faces large fines imposed by the court. Having also been one of the key figures in a fist-fight last month,  for all the right or wrong reasons, Kaladze has become one of the brightest figures of the Coalition.

Irakli Alasania, the leader of Free Democrats, will run in Zugdidi, Western Georgia. Alasania, who went into Saakashvili’s opposition after serving as a Georgian UN envoy during 2008 conflict with Russia, is one of Ivanishvili’s favourites. He is widely thought to be a presidential candidate in 2013 elections.

There are also few other actors and a bunch of established politicians from various oppositional background facing executive officials and acting lawmakers from UNM.

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CDM and Others

A handful of Christian Democrats that managed to make it to the last parliament are running again for CDM. Deliberately or not quite, a deal of majoritarian MP candidates are women, including popular TV host Inga Grigolia and a former chess player Nino Gurieli. As fierce competition is expected between Georgian Dream and UNM candidates, some from CDM also stand a chance.

New Rights, Labour Union and National Democrats also named majoritarian candidates – all are the known party members. However, their chances are far slimmer.

The rest of 77 seats in the Georgian parliament are distributed by proportional lists which most parties still have to provide.

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Ana is from Tbilisi, Georgia, where she currently works for the Caucasus Research Resource Centers. She has an MA in International Relations and BA in Journalism. Pursues writing in free time and is interested in literature.

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