Georgia’s Election Features Dueling Duet between Billionaire and Opera Singer
A Georgian opera singer did not invite a Georgian billionaire to his birthday party and now they hate each other, fighting for their country in an election campaign that is as much a battle of egos as it is a contest in lavish promises.
Georgia’s richest man, 60-year-old former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, can afford lots of things -- transplanting a 100-year-old tree via the Black Sea; installing a Dubai-style mega-business complex above the historic center of the Georgian capital,Tbilisi; or simply casting a long shadow over Georgian politics. But his money couldn’t buy him the love of an opera singer.
Declining the billionaire’s advances to team up for Georgia’s October 8 parliamentary election, renowned operatic bass Paata Burchuladze, 61, will be challenging the incumbent party, Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia, which Ivanishvili founded and brought to power four years ago.
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