President of the European People’s Party (EPP), Wilfried Martens: Ivanishvili’s call for President Saakashvili’s resignation, a direct attack against democracy and the rule of law

"Needless to say, the EPP will be monitoring very closely the new government, which will be formed by Bidzina Ivanishvili’s ‘Georgian Dream’ coalition, because it remains to be seen if they will preserve the country’s democratic achievements and if they will keep Georgia on the path of Euro-Atlantic integration. But to my astonishment, even as the votes are still being counted, Mr. Ivanishvili has called for President Saakashvili’s resignation. This call is totally unacceptable and is a direct attack against democracy and the rule of law. Therefore, I expect all those European politicians who were quick to congratulate Ivanishvili today, to publicly denounce his call for the President’s resignation and to demand for an immediate retraction. Moreover, I will be working closely with our EPP parliamentary groups in the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the OSCE, in order to safeguard the country’s democratic achievements; I also call on all other relevant EU institutions to do the same and the European Commission in particular, which is negotiating an Association Agreement with Georgia."

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