26 Oct 2017 12:03

Georgian opposition party declares mass hunger strike to protest local election results

TBILISI. Oct 26 (Interfax) - The leader of the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia opposition party, Irma Inashvili, has accused the national administration of rigging results of the local election held on October 21.

"The vote was rigged by the authorities, which has actually become a tradition," Inashvili said.

Dozens of party members will go on a hunger strike near the parliament building in Tbilisi on Thursday to protest the fraud, she said.

"We demand a recount of votes in every electoral district, since votes were simply stolen from our voters. We will launch large-scale protests unless our demands are met," Inashvili said.

A recount has also been demanded by the leaders of the opposition Democratic Movement and the Labor Party, which share the opinion that the local election's outcome was falsified in favor of the ruling party, Georgian Dream.

Georgian Dream's candidates for mayor and municipal councils won by a landslide on October 21.