National Forum party withdraws from Georgia's ruling coalition

By bne IntelliNews April 5, 2016

The National Forum, a member of the ruling coalition in Georgia, has announced that it is leaving the coalition. The party has six seats in parliament and its departure will not affect the Georgian Dream-led coalition's majority in parliament.

The coalition fractured on March 31, when the Republican Party announced that it would not run together with the coalition in a parliamentary election in October. Political infighting between opposition and ruling parties has been prevalent for the past year, and schisms have even appeared among ruling parties in recent weeks.

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said that there were no plans for the coalition to split before the October election, but Sergi Kapanadze, dean of the School of Governance at the Caucasus University, told bne IntelliNews that there would be no point in the coalition staying together if it runs separately in October.

The ruling coalition is led by the Georgian Dream Party, which has 46 seats in parliament, and comprises the Republican, Conservative, Industry Will Save Georgia and National Forum parties, all of which occupied six seats each.

Upon withdrawing from the coalition, National Forum said that it supported the stability of the current government.

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