TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — A high European Union official visited ex-Soviet republic Georgia on Monday and urged all of its events to interact in a dialogue to resolve the nation’s political disaster.
“My go to coincides with an aggravating political disaster in Georgia, which deeply worries the European Union, and I’m additionally personally deeply nervous by it,” European Council President Charles Michel stated.
The political scenario in Georgia has been tense amid allegations of voter fraud within the nation’s Oct. 31 parliamentary election. The ruling Georgian Dream occasion gained the vote, however the opposition United Nationwide Motion has refused to concede defeat and demanded a rerun.
Tensions escalated final week following the arrest of the United Nationwide Motion’s chief, Nika Melia. He faces costs of inciting violence throughout protests that erupted in 2019 when a Russian lawmaker sat within the parliament speaker’s chair throughout a gathering of lawmakers from Orthodox Christian international locations.
Melia had been freed on bail, however was arrested once more final week on costs of violating bail phrases.
1000’s of opposition supporters marched throughout the Georgian capital final week to demand Melia’s launch and name for early parliamentary elections.
“The European Union calls upon all events to accentuate their efforts to stabilize the scenario and discover a frequent center floor,” Michel stated after talks with Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili. “Throughout our assembly, I reiterated this name for motion, for duty, and for a dialogue between political events, together with opposition and the federal government.”
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