The For Georgia political party, which was recently founded by former PM Giorgi Gakharia, has officially addressed the country’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the allegations of the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party Irakli Kobakhidze of an alleged coup attempt.
Kobakhidze accused Gakharia and the United National Movement opposition party of a coup attempt back in February 2021, when Gakharia was still the country’s PM.
The events are developing in an interesting and faster way than expected… No one and nothing can stop the truth. Eventually, everyone will understand this. Again without gossiping, we unite for #Georgia, against no one!
— Giorgi Gakharia (@GakhariaGiorgi) June 7, 2021
He stated that Gakharia allegedly supported the postponement of the arrest of the head of the United National Movement opposition party Nika Melia to allow the UNM to prepare for a coup.
Kobakhidze told Rustavi 2 that the ruling party received information about the UNM’s planned coup from Kyiv and the UNM Tbilisi office. However they did not inform Gakharia, because they ‘already had suspicions about him.’
He also said that up to 20 employees of the interior and defence ministries, who are not identified, were also involved in the process.
Gakharia’s party says that the accusations are ‘very serious’ and they must be investigated.
— Giorgi Gakharia (@GakhariaGiorgi) May 29, 2021
Gakharia resigned and left the ruling party back in February 2021 as he said because of Melia’s issue.
He stated that he failed to agree with the ruling party not to arrest Melia for his refusal to post bail.
Gakharia said that Melia committed a crime. However, his detention amid the election-related political crisis in the country would have further complicated the tension.