Post-Election Crisis In Georgia

Analysis and Implications After the Crackdown On the Georgian Opposition

The political impasse in Georgia between the country's ruling Georgian Dream party (GD) and its multi-party opposition has entered a new chapter after prominent opposition leader Nika Melia was placed under pre-trial detention on February 23.

Melia's arrest sparked significant concern among Georgia's international partners and has deepened internal political divisions after the disputed results of the country's 2020 Parliamentary elections, posing a severe political challenge for newly-appointed PM Irakli Garibashvili and his Government.

As the political crisis accelerates, we take a more detailed look at the political turmoil surrounding Melia's arrest, the ongoing standoff over the election results and the potential impact on foreign investors of the second Garibashvili Government.

To read the overview of the latest political developments in Georgia please follow this link.

For the earlier memo on the October 2020 elections in Georgia and its immediate aftermath, click here.