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US concerned over political crisis in Georgia

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Prime Minister Georgi Gakharia resigned citing his disagreement with the team on the court decision to arrest the main opposition party leader.The United States further said that it supports a democratic, secure, and prosperous Georgia.

Washington, Feb 19: The United States expressed its concern over the recent political crisis in Georgia after Prime Minister Georgi Gakharia stepped down on Thursday (18 February) and called on all parties to exercise restraint and avoid any actions or rhetoric that could escalate tensions or result in violence.

Prime Minister Georgi Gakharia resigned citing his disagreement with the team on the court decision to arrest the main opposition party leader.

The United States is deeply concerned by recent political developments in Georgia.

“We call on all parties to exercise restraint and avoid any actions or rhetoric that could escalate tensions or result in violence. We urge the Georgian government to act in line with its Euro-Atlantic aspirations and to reinforce its commitment to the principles of democracy, individual liberty, and rule of law by ensuring that its judicial and prosecutorial system is free of political bias,” the US State Department said.

The United States further said that it supports a democratic, secure, and prosperous Georgia. “We will continue to work with Georgia, our strategic partner, to promote the rule of law and accountable institutions,” the US department said.

The ruling Georgian Dream party nominated defence minister Irakli Gharibashvili as Gakharia’s replacement later on Thursday.Gharibashvili is unlikely to defuse political tensions.

European Commission spokesperson Peter Stano said the EU was “deeply concerned about the continued polarisation in the country, which is further exacerbated by the court ruling against Melia.”

A Georgian court ruled that Nika Melia, the leader of the main opposition party – the United National Movement — should be remanded in custody for failure to post bail in a trial where he is accused of participating in riots in June 2019 and encouraging protesters to storm the parliament.

Gharibashvili served as prime minister previously, and the treaty governing relations between the Southern Caucasian country and the bloc, the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, was signed with his government in 2014. He resigned in December 2015.

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