PRESUMABLY POLITICALLY MOTIVATED PRESSURE / THREATS / OBSTRUCTION
On 3 September, Lagodekhi Municipality Sakrebulo dismissed
Salome Ghonghadze, chairwoman of the Social, Culture, Education and Youth Affairs Commission while she was on leave. Ghonghadze joined the ranks of For Georgia party on 23 August. According to Ghonghadze, she planned to retire after the end of her vacation. She assesses the incident as political persecution. According to her, some members of the Sakrebulo were forced to support the dismissal. This is explained by the fact that when counting the voting results, two ballot papers were marked with geometric figures.
According to Sakrebulo Chairman Karlo Jamburia, the reason for Ghonghadze`s dismissal was not a political motive but the prevention of damaging consequences for the Sakrebulo. According to him, Ghonghadze’s activities with Giorgi Gakharia’s party and with the local representative body would contradict each other, which would have a detrimental result.