Left in a tizzy by its recent crushing defeat in Georgia’s parliamentary elections, the South Caucasus country’s main opposition party, the United National Movement, is debating getting rid of the leader who brought it to power and international prominence, ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili.
The debate is part of a larger effort by liberal Georgian opposition parties to reinvent themselves after the Georgian Dream nabbed an overwhelming 76.6-percent parliamentary majority in the October polls. Among this crowd, only the United National Movement (UNM) gained a sizable number of seats (27) in the 150-seat legislature.
As the UNM, which ruled Georgia from 2004 to 2012, scrambles to figure out what went wrong, the outspoken, 48-year-old Saakashvili, now a regional Ukrainian governor without Georgian citizenship, has become the chief suspect.
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