Khatuna Lagazidze: Boycott is not an end in itself, but a way to fight for early elections
A one-party parliament in Georgia, which was considered a pillar of democracy in the region, will be the verdict of the ruling party.
Despite the fact that, according to the results of the proportional elections [October 31, 2020], the opposition had as many votes as in any democratic country would lead the authorities to a compromise and dialogue with the entire opposition, in Georgia, under the conditions of the “Georgian Dream” it was hard to even imagine.
A boycott is not an end in itself, but a way of fighting for holding early elections in Georgia. Refusal to enter parliament carries risks for the opposition. But by entering parliament, the opposition could lose much more. Re-elections are called if the elections are declared invalid, and this for the authorities would mean an indirect recognition of falsification.
In the event of early elections, the authorities will not have to admit election fraud, and they can be proud both inside and outside the country that they have taken steps to cooperate with the opposition. The opposition will also benefit from early elections, as it will have a result
Khatuna Lagazidze, BBC News comment