On October 31, Georgians head to the polls for a parliamentary election contextualized by an economic downturn and rising political polarization.

The ruling Georgian Dream party—having won credit for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic—aims to win an unprecedented third term in government. Its main opponent is still the United National Movement, led by former president Mikheil Saakashvili. Other parts of the opposition could take advantage of new electoral rules giving greater opportunities to independent candidates and smaller parties.

Join Salome Asatiani, Giorgi Gogsadze, and Stephen F. Jones for a discussion on the election’s implications for the future of Georgia and the South Caucasus. Thomas de Waal will moderate.

 

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