Aleko Elisashvili

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Aleko (Aleksandre) Elisashvili, born 1978, is a journalist and urban activist in Tbilisi, Georgia, and currently also is running as an independent mayoral candidate in the municipal elections in Tbilisi, scheduled for October 2017.[1] As one of four candidates, he has positioned himself as an alternative between the ruling Georgian Dream party and the previous ruling party, the United National Movement, claiming that both these parties share responsibility for the persistent problems that Tbilisi faces.[2] His platform emphasizes his independence, both from other parties and from business interests.[3]

Elisashvili gained public attention through his advocacy related to the reconstruction and redevelopment of Gudiashvili Square, in Sololaki in Tbilisi. He has been a leader of protests against other large urban development projects in Tbilisi.[4] Elisashvili also gained attention through his work as the chair of the Presidential Pardon Commission, in 2013–2014, where he alleged influence-peddling.[5] The allegation implicated senior government figures, claiming these had received $200.000 to secure a presidential pardon for a convict, and involved the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia.[6] Elisashvili has previously worked as a journalist, among others also for Maestro (TV channel).[7]

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  1. Gabekhadze, Gvantsa (July 3, 2017). "Ruling party names Kaladze as its nominee for Tbilisi Mayor". The Messenger. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  2. (12 July 2017). "Independent Member of Sakrebulo to Run for Tbilisi Mayor". Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. Civil.Ge (July 19, 2017). "Tbilisi Mayoral Candidates and Their Campaigns". Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  4. (7 May 2016). "Six Activists, Detained at Rally Against Panorama Tbilisi, Released". Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  5. Civil.Ge (23 December 2015). "Ex-Chair of Pardon Commission Accuses Two Senior GD MPs of Influence Peddling, Calls for Parliamentary Probe". Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  6. (December 14, 2015). "Chief Prosecutor: Two Senior GD MPs Questioned in Alleged Influence Peddling Probe". Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  7. (29 November, 2007). "Small TV Station Off the Air". Retrieved 21 July 2017. Check date values in: |date= (help)