They note that the initiator of the intra-party elections was the chairman of the party, Nika Melia, and this issue has already been discussed in the party for several weeks.
In their opinion, on the initiative of Melia, elections to the party should be held after the issue of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili is resolved. In particular, after the experts make a conclusion about the state of his health, and the court decides to transfer Saakashvili abroad.
“Today, the situation with Mikheil Saakashvili is in the center of our attention, you know that a court session should be scheduled at which the issue of his transfer will be discussed. And at this time, there are talks about the position of the chairman of the party and other party positions … I don’t know, it depends on everyone, at what time and who will be elected. However, intra-party elections will definitely take place.
Accordingly, about all this we will have a discussion in the party. It is also a little surprising that such positions and appeals, I think, should have been [высказаны] first within the party and then publicly,” said UNM member Bacho Dolidze.
Akaki Minashvili, another member of the National Movement, repeated that Melia himself spoke about holding elections at party meetings, and it is sad and regrettable for him that some members of the party demanded elections at a briefing that no one expected.
“I have not heard such an active position on the elections from these people, on the contrary, the most active person who wanted the elections to be held after the solution of the issue of Mikheil Saakashvili was Nika Melia,” Minashvili said.
Ani Tsitlidze also stated that the form chosen by some members of the party to demand elections is incorrect.
“We really did not know, and I really cannot agree with such a form of public statement about the internal affairs of the party and I think it is wrong. The discussion about the elections in the party is open, and we have been discussing this for several months. There was supposed to be a meeting on this issue today, so I don’t know what their arguments are. It is a pity that such a form was chosen,” said Ani Tsitlidze.