Billionaire-turned-politician, Bidzina Ivanishvili, has to postpone launch of his public movement from initially planned November 25 to a later, yet to be defined, date, his press office said in a statement on Monday.
The statement cites “artificially created obstacles” as a reason behind the delay of inaugural session of the public movement, which is seen to be a grassroots movement to serve as a platform for Ivanishvili’s political activities before he launches the political party.
Ivanishvili’s team first announced about the intention to hold the inaugural session of the movement, Georgian Dream, on November 3. At the time it was announced that the event was planned to take place in the Tbilisi State Concert Hall (Philharmonic Hall), which has a seating capacity of 2,000.
Since then, however, it seems that the Ivanishvili’s team decided to eye a larger venue for the event, particularly either Mikheil Meskhi football stadium with the capacity of up to 25,000 seats or the Sports Palace, an arena with over 10,000 seats.
“Starting from November 3, Bidzina Ivanishvili’s representatives have been in talks with the administration of the Sports Palace and the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium so that to allow all of them willing to participate in the presentation of the Georgian Dream to attend the event. In the process of negotiations we were permanently offered [to hold the event] in the Philharmonic Hall, but as it turned out later, [separate] part of the Philharmonic Hall [the Event Hall] was reserved for another event for November 25,” Ivanishvili’s press office said in the statement, adding that holding of the movement’s inaugural session only “in part of the Philharmonic Hall, which in itself has a limited space” would not allow all of those willing to attend to participate in the event.
It also said that the Ivanishvili’s team requested the Sports Palace to provide its space at any time between November 25 and December 10, but was told that the arena was reserved for other events during that period of time. The Ivanishvili’s press office said it would inform the public about the new date of holding the public movement’s inaugural session in the next few days.