Conservative Party chair calls for unified political center to reduce wasted votes

Conservative Party chair calls for unified political center to reduce wasted votes

Zviad Dzidziguri, Chairman of the Conservative Party, on Wednesday suggested that opposition political parties could form a unified political center to minimize wasted votes and achieve the necessary results for changing the government.


"Earlier, the polarization was between Misha [former President Mikheil Saakashvili] or Bidzina [the founder and the honorary chair of the ruling Georgian Dream party], and now it has shifted to Europe or Russia. This shift was orchestrated by Bidzina. If the opposition unites under a single list, it will be easier for the government to revert to the Bidzina-Misha polarization scheme, and I don't see the need to facilitate that," Dzidziguri stated.


He emphasized that if [Saakashvili’s] United National Movement could rally enough parties to prevent votes below 5 percent from being wasted, it was both logical and natural. However, he believed the current moment called for the formation of a single political center - “neither aligned with Bidzina nor Misha” - where fewer votes would be lost, thus making it possible to achieve governmental change.



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Zviad Dzidziguri, Chairman of the Conservative Party, on Wednesday suggested that opposition political parties could form a unified political center to minimize wasted votes and achieve the necessary results for changing the government.


"Earlier, the polarization was between Misha [former President Mikheil Saakashvili] or Bidzina [the founder and the honorary chair of the ruling Georgian Dream party], and now it has shifted to Europe or Russia. This shift was orchestrated by Bidzina. If the opposition unites under a single list, it will be easier for the government to revert to the Bidzina-Misha polarization scheme, and I don't see the need to facilitate that," Dzidziguri stated.


He emphasized that if [Saakashvili’s] United National Movement could rally enough parties to prevent votes below 5 percent from being wasted, it was both logical and natural. However, he believed the current moment called for the formation of a single political center - “neither aligned with Bidzina nor Misha” - where fewer votes would be lost, thus making it possible to achieve governmental change.