TBILISI — Lawmakers of Georgia’s ruling Georgian Dream party have started the new parliamentary session amid a boycott by opposition members who insist that October 31 parliamentary elections were rigged.
President Salome Zurabishvili opened the first sitting of the new parliament on December 11 by calling on all Georgian political forces and society as a whole to end the climate of confrontation “as the country needs depolarization, solidarity, and unity.”
“We are tired of endless cursing, insults, and the neglect of Georgian and Caucasian manners! Hatred is leaving the country fragmented, vulnerable, and weak at a time when it most needs to mobilize its national energy to meet the challenges,” Zurabishvili said, addressing the absent representatives of opposition parties….
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