ISP Working Paper | What to expect from another “milestone” election in Georgia

In less than a month, parliamentary elections will be held in Georgia. After the volatile events of the last summer (the so-called Gavrilov Crisis – mass protests following the visit of the Russian parliamentary delegation and the crack-down on the rally), it was widely believed that the ruling party was doomed for a defeat. Thus, the now second constitutional transfer of power would take place in Georgia giving a strong impulse to its democratic transformation. However, things have changed since then and now the Georgian Dream (the ruling party led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili) is poised to win the elections unless something extraordinary happens in the following weeks. But that does not mean that things will remain the same in Georgia for long. The upcoming economic crisis could sooner or later turn things upside down. After that, the country might undergo a change, but it still remains to be seen whether that change will be positive or negative. 

 

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ISP Working Paper | Tornike SHARASHENIDZE | What to Expect from Another Milestone Election in Georgia