Nino Burjanadze


Nino Burjanadze : biography

16 July 1964 –

Burjanadze was designated to lead the United National Movement party list for the parliamentary elections scheduled on 21 May 2008, but on 21 April she announced, in a surprise move, that she would not seek reelection due to a lack of consensus in the compilation of the National Movement’s party list.. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 22 April 2008. Burjanadze’s term as a parliamentary chairperson expired with the new legislature’s inaugural session on 7 June 2008, when she was succeeded by David Bakradze.. Civil Georgia. 2008-06-07.

In June 2008, Burjanadze announced she would set up a think tank that would serve as "a new form of being in politics.". Civil Georgia. 2008-06-18. The organization — the Foundation for Democracy and Development (FDD) — was inaugurated in Tbilisi on 7 July 2008.. Civil Georgia. 2008-07-07.

On 27 October 2008, in the aftermath of the 2008 South Ossetia war between Russia and Georgia, Burjanadze announced the establishment of "a clear-cut opposition party" called Democratic Movement–United Georgia.. Civil Georgia. 2008-10-27.

On 28 November 2008, in an interview with Russia’s Vesti news channel, Russia’s NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin accused the United States of planning to replace Mikheil Saakashvili with Burjanadze as president of Georgia.] (28 November 2008)]

On March 23, 2009, the Georgian interior ministry confirmed, that 10 of the activists from Burdzhanadze’s party, Democratic Movement–United Georgia had been arrested. Burdzhanadze accused Mikheil Saakashvili of arranging the arrests to intimidate the opposition. Burdzhanadze said the arrests marked the start of a "punitive campaign" by the government against the opposition, ahead of the mass protest planned for April 9 to demand Saakashvili’s resignation. RIA Novosti 2009-03-24

Silver Revolution 2011

The protests led by Burzhanadze began on May 21, 2011 when over 10,000 Georgians attended a demonstration in Tbilisi demanding Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s resignation. In the southwestern town of Batumi some demonstrations also occurred with some protesters attempting to break into the television building.Reuters; Nino Burjanadze has been a lead figure in the demonstrations.Civil.Ge; The protesters in Batumi briefly clashed with police.Civil.Ge; On 26 May at about 00:15, Georgian police began to suppress the protests with tear gas and rubber bullets Many journalists as well as the elderly were beaten and some opposition have gone missing