Georgian Party Leaves Coalition Government as Row Deepens

November 5, 2014 3:21 PM

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Georgia’s former Defense Minister Irakli Alasania said his Free Democrats party is leaving the ruling coalition today, deepening a political crisis that has split the government a day after his dismissal.

Alasania announced the departure after emerging from a meeting with other coalition party leaders in Tbilisi. It was also attended by billionaire ex-premier Bidzina Ivanishvili, who led Georgian Dream to victory over former President Mikheil Saakashvili’s party in parliamentary elections in 2012.

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