Ruling party founder Ivanishvili confronts PM, GD head amidst US sanctions - opposition leader

Ruling party founder Ivanishvili confronts PM, GD head amidst US sanctions - opposition leader

Giorgi Vashadze, the head of the Georgian Strategy Agmashenebeli opposition, on Wednesday claimed Bidzina Ivanishvili, the founder and honorary chair of the ruling Georgian Dream party, has summoned both Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze and former PM and current head of GD, Irakli Garibashvili, questioning them, "what kind of scam are you going to get me into?" 

Vashadze's comments come in response to recent statements by the US Ambassador to Georgia, Robin Dunnigan, who said this week that Washington had already implemented the first tranche of restrictions in response to the adoption of the controversial foreign influence transparency law. 


She stated that individuals responsible or connected with the adoption of the legislation and held US visas had been informed that their visas were no longer valid. 


“Everyone understands very well that this is the fastest step that the American side has taken. Following this, there will be financial sanctions and an expansion of the sanctions list. The Georgian Dream is hiding this because they fear internal collapse," he explained.

Vashadze further elaborated on the alleged internal discord within the ruling party, describing a lack of trust and significant infighting. "The special services are in conflict, political representatives are no longer communicating, and there are constant accusations. Kobakhidze 
blames Garibashvili, and Bidzina Ivanishvili blames both of them. I have accurate information that both Kobakhidze and Garibashvili were summoned by Ivanishvili," said Vashadze.


Vashadze also suggested that Ivanishvili could remove Kobakhidze from his position soon, adding such a move should not mislead the public over the general stance of the ruling power.

The opposition leader also highlighted an alleged report that was presented to Ivanishvili, which reportedly forecasted no major protests from the youth against the controversial law. 

“However, the Georgian Dream was overwhelmed by mass protests from the youth, both domestically and abroad. This has led to internal disputes over responsibility and the expenditure of funds”, Vashadze said, adding “they have spent about 80 million, and I even know the location of this money. When we change the government, we will open it and distribute the money to the people. About a billion has been mobilised, and now there is scrutiny over every tetri spent and why the expected results were not achieved”.





Giorgi Vashadze, the head of the Georgian Strategy Agmashenebeli opposition, on Wednesday claimed Bidzina Ivanishvili, the founder and honorary chair of the ruling Georgian Dream party, has summoned both Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze and former PM and current head of GD, Irakli Garibashvili, questioning them, "what kind of scam are you going to get me into?" 

Vashadze's comments come in response to recent statements by the US Ambassador to Georgia, Robin Dunnigan, who said this week that Washington had already implemented the first tranche of restrictions in response to the adoption of the controversial foreign influence transparency law. 


She stated that individuals responsible or connected with the adoption of the legislation and held US visas had been informed that their visas were no longer valid. 


“Everyone understands very well that this is the fastest step that the American side has taken. Following this, there will be financial sanctions and an expansion of the sanctions list. The Georgian Dream is hiding this because they fear internal collapse," he explained.

Vashadze further elaborated on the alleged internal discord within the ruling party, describing a lack of trust and significant infighting. "The special services are in conflict, political representatives are no longer communicating, and there are constant accusations. Kobakhidze 
blames Garibashvili, and Bidzina Ivanishvili blames both of them. I have accurate information that both Kobakhidze and Garibashvili were summoned by Ivanishvili," said Vashadze.


Vashadze also suggested that Ivanishvili could remove Kobakhidze from his position soon, adding such a move should not mislead the public over the general stance of the ruling power.

The opposition leader also highlighted an alleged report that was presented to Ivanishvili, which reportedly forecasted no major protests from the youth against the controversial law. 

“However, the Georgian Dream was overwhelmed by mass protests from the youth, both domestically and abroad. This has led to internal disputes over responsibility and the expenditure of funds”, Vashadze said, adding “they have spent about 80 million, and I even know the location of this money. When we change the government, we will open it and distribute the money to the people. About a billion has been mobilised, and now there is scrutiny over every tetri spent and why the expected results were not achieved”.