Nika Melia

Tbilisi mayoral candidate

Melia

Mr. Melia is the Tbilisi mayoral candidate (United National Movement). In 2002 he graduated from the Academy of the Ministry of State Security of Georgia, Faculty of Law. In 2006 he received Master’s in international relations from the Oxford University, Brookes.

In 2002-2003 Mr. Melia worked as an investigator at the Ministry of State Security of Georgia. In 2007 he worked as an advisor at the Department of Defense and Order at the Council of National Security of Georgia, and in 2007-2008 worked as an advisor at the Department of State Security at the Council of National Security of Georgia. In 2008-2009 Mr. Melia worked as the Deputy Chief of the National Bureau of Enforcement of Georgia, in 2009-2010 worked as the Chief of the same Bureau and in 2010 he worked as the Chief of Tbilisi Office of the same Bureau. In 2010-2012 Mr. Melia worked as the Chairperson of the same Bureau. Since 2012 Mr. Melia has been the Gamgebeli (Governor) of the Mtatsminda District of Tbilisi.

 

Release

On May 18, 2014, the members of the Armenian community of Georgia met with Tbilisi mayoral candidate Nika Melia (United National Movement Party) at Hayartun. The topic of the meeting centered on the candidate’s electoral program and the extent to which the concerns of the Georgian Armenian community were incorporated into the electoral program of the mayoral candidate. The meeting was held in the midst of local government elections set for June 15, 2014.

The meeting was organized in the framework of the Political Participation through Dialogue Project supported by the Open Society – Georgia Foundation. The information about the Project can be found at http://www.ardzagank.ge/

The candidate presented his vision regarding further development of the Georgian capital and answered questions from the audience. The members of the Armenian community of Georgia raised issues that, among others, focused on difficult social conditions of the residents of Tbilisi; damaged state of buildings, especially those located in historical districts of the city; Armenian historical and cultural heritage in Tbilisi; closed and damaged Armenian churches and the building of the Armenian Theatre; and employment opportunities for competent Georgian citizens of Armenian background in municipal government bodies.

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