Georgian Prime Minister resigns over disagreement with team on opposition figure Nika Melia

Tbilisi, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced on Thursday he was resigning over disagreement with his team on the case of opposition leader Nika Melia.
“Unfortunately, as I failed to reach agreement with my team on the matter, I decided to leave the post,” Gakharia said at a briefing.
Melia, who chairs the United National Movement party, was briefly arrested for leading riots and anti-Russian protests back in June 2019 to be later released on 30,000 Georgian lari ($9,063) bail. He was obligated to wear a monitoring bracelet but removed it publicly during protests that erupted in November 2020 following the general election, which the Georgian opposition did not recognize. This prompted the court to revise conditions of Melia’s release and impose a new bail, totaling 40,000 lari.
Earlier this week, Melia was stripped of his parliamentary immunity over refusal to pay bail. The Tbilisi City Court ruled to remand Melia into custody.


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