Dmitry Lortkipanidze

Tbilisi mayoral candidate

Lortkipanidze

Mr. Lortkipanidze is the Tbilisi mayoral candidate (Nino Burjanadze – United Opposition). In 1992 he graduated from Tbilisi Technical University, Faculty of Hydromechanics, in 1998 he graduated from Tbilisi Humanitarian-Economic Institute, Faculty of Law.

Since 1989 Mr. Lortkipanidze has been a member of the Georgian Green Movement. In 1992-1998 he has worked as an inspector at the Human Resources Department of the Information Intelligence Service of Georgia, Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the autonomous republic of Abkhazia.

In 1999 he worked as the Chairperson of the Saburtalo district organization of the Union of Citizens of Georgia. Since 2006 he has been the founder and the Political Council Chairperson of the Way of Georgia political party.

In 2008 Mr. Lortkipanidze has been elected as a Member of Parliament (United Opposition).

 

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On May 18, 2014, the members of the Armenian community of Georgia met with Tbilisi mayoral candidate Dmitry Lortkipanidze (Nino Burjanadze – United Opposition 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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