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Georgia: ‘Georgian Dream’ supporters hold mass rally in Tbilisi

Georgia, Tbilisi
December 14, 2019 at 17:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of people gathered to show their support for the ruling Georgian Dream party at a rally titled "Georgia’s Way to Europe," at Freedom Square in Tbilisi on Saturday, following ongoing protests in the Georgian capital.

Georgian Prime Minister Georgy Gakharia and the leader of the Georgian Dream Party Bidzina Ivanishvili participated in the event, which ended with fireworks being set off over the square.

The rally was timed to coincide with Georgia leading the Council of Europe over the next six months. This is the first large-scale action by supporters of the ruling party in recent months since opposition protests began in Tbilisi.

A wave of opposition protests swept Georgia on November 14 after constitutional amendments aiming to change the parliamentary election system to an entirely proportional vote, beginning in 2020, were blocked by ruling party lawmakers.

Large-scale political reforms were announced by the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party, who previously promised to hold next year's election under a fully-proportional voting system.

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Thousands of people gathered to show their support for the ruling Georgian Dream party at a rally titled "Georgia’s Way to Europe," at Freedom Square in Tbilisi on Saturday, following ongoing protests in the Georgian capital.

Georgian Prime Minister Georgy Gakharia and the leader of the Georgian Dream Party Bidzina Ivanishvili participated in the event, which ended with fireworks being set off over the square.

The rally was timed to coincide with Georgia leading the Council of Europe over the next six months. This is the first large-scale action by supporters of the ruling party in recent months since opposition protests began in Tbilisi.

A wave of opposition protests swept Georgia on November 14 after constitutional amendments aiming to change the parliamentary election system to an entirely proportional vote, beginning in 2020, were blocked by ruling party lawmakers.

Large-scale political reforms were announced by the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party, who previously promised to hold next year's election under a fully-proportional voting system.

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