Who can be the next first lady of Georgia?
04 October, 2018
Who can be the next first lady of Georgia?
On the 28th of October, presidential elections will be held in Georgia. The last elections in October 2013 resulted in a victory for Giorgi Margvelashvili, a candidate of the Georgian Dream (the ruling party). Giorgi Margvelashvili is not going to run for president in 2018. His wife Nana Chachua has been the first lady of Georgia since 2013.

The ruling party supports an independent candidate Salome Zurabishvili in the presidential elections.
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Salome Zurabishvili, Photo courtesy: www.amerikiskhma.com

There are some candidates of
the oppositional parties that have more chances to win the election than others. Their wives have a possibility to become the next first lady of Georgia.

Nino Ananiashvili is a wife of Grigol Vashadze, the presidential candidate of a political movement of 10 oppositional parties (including the former ruling party United National Movement) “Power is in Unity”. Nino Ananiashvili is a Georgian ballerina and artistic director of the State Ballet of Georgia. She has been recognized as one of the best 12 ballet dancers of all time by the Daily Telegraph.
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Nino Ananiashvili, Photo courtesy: www.forbes.ge

Tina Khidesheli is a politician in Georgia. She and her husband David Usupashvili have been actively involved in politics since the 1990s. They were the members of the Republican Party which joined the ruling party in 2013. Tina Khidasheli was a former civil society activist and the country's first ever female defence minister in 2015. In 2016, they left the ruling party. Currently, David Usupashvili is the leader of the political movement “Development Movement”.
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Tina Khidasheli, Photo courtesy: www.LivePress.Ge

Maka Metreveli is a wife of the former chairman of the parliament of Georgia David Bakradze. She was an organizer of Tbilisi Fashion Week in 2011. David Bakradze is a presidential candidate of the political party “European Georgia”. It used to be the part of the United National Movement, the former ruling party of Georgia.
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Maka Metreveli, Photo courtesy: www.gurianews.com

Nata Koridze is a wife of Zurab Japaridze, one of the founders of the Political Party “Girchi”. Nata is a diplomat. Zurab was a member of the United National Movement. He has been fighting for the decriminalization of drugs. His views are strongly pro-western.
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Nata Koridze, photo courtesy: www.Alia.ge

Bela Alania is a lawyer and writer in Georgia. His husband Shalva Natelashvili is a founder of the political party Georgian Labour Party. He has been in opposition with the former and ruling parties.
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Bela Alania, Photo courtesy: www.marshalpress.ge


Role of the president in Georgia is ceremonial as in many parliamentary democracies. Prime Minister is the head of government. The office was first introduced by the Supreme Council of the Republic of Georgia on 14 April 1991, five days after Georgia's declaration of independence from the Soviet Union. The President serves a five-year term. The incumbent is Giorgi Margvelashvili, who was sworn in on 17 November 2013.

Even though the president’s rights were reduced by the new constitution approved this year, the post is still important for the political parties, especially for the opposition parties.

25 candidates are officially registered by the Election Administration of Georgia. Among them are politicians from both sides – the ruling party Georgian Dream and other opposition parties.

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