29 Nov 2019 10:15

Opposition protest continues near Georgian parliament

TBILISI. Nov 29 (Interfax) - Several dozen opposition leaders and their followers are continuing the protest near the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi to demand government resignation and early elections, an Interfax correspondent reported from the ground.

The opposition gathered at the parliament door in the morning. Unlike yesterday, there were no police cordons and metal fences. The opposition leaders told the press they were disappointed that they failed to create "a corridor of shame" for deputies of the ruling party Georgian Dream who entered the building before the protest began.

"Georgian Dream deputies sneaked into the parliament in the dark and are holding their meeting. We will continue to create a nightmare for the authorities. Our plans have not changed, and we have no doubt they will bear fruit," opposition party European Georgia co-leader Gigi Ugulava told the press.

The leaders of 28 opposition parties will submit a legislative initiative to the parliament on Friday, Ugulava said. In his words, they will propose that the 2020 parliamentary election be held by the "German model" based on the proportionate electoral system.

Opposition protests started in Tbilisi on November 14, after the ruling party prevented the law endorsing the proportionate system for the 2020 parliamentary election from passing.