History of the Party
The party was originally called “Union of National Forces – Conservatives” and united the supporters of former president Zviad Gamsakhurdia.
In 2002, the Conservatives and Republican Party united in the block of United National Movement.
The block achieved success in 2002 local election throughout Tbilisi, it received 24% of votes and shared the victory with the Labour Party.
According to the results of alterntive votes and exit polls of November 2003 elections, the block had already gained the victory with the 27% of votes. The Conservative party was one of the first who organized protests against the forgery of elections by Eduard Shevardnadze.
In the parliamentary elections of 2004, the Conservatives represented “National Movement – Democrats” block and gained constitutional majority by 66.2%.
In the spring of 2004, the Conservatives suspended their cooperation with the “National Movement”. In the elections of October 5, 2006 the Conservatives participated together with the block of Republicans “Davitashvili – Khidasheli – Berdzenishvili”. Across the country scale, the block received 12% of votes and won the second place.
In the Fall of 2007 the Conservative Party became a member of National Council and was one of the initiators of 2007 November demonstrations. In 2008 presidential elections supported Levan Gachechiladze, and in parliamentary elections of 2008 participated in the elections together with the united opposition.
Despite the counted votes, the Conservatives rejected to receive sits in the Parliament. Since 2009, the Party was one of the organizers of protest demonstrations from April 9 to May 26 demanding resignation of Mikheil Saakashvili. The Party participated in 2010 local elections as a member of National Council.
The block got 8,8% of votes in Tbilisi, and in other self-governing units of Georgia 5,5%.
In 2011 the Conservative Party became a member of Coalition “Georgian Dream”, which participated in the parliamentary elections of 2012. The Coalition won a majority in Parliamentary Elections.
The Conservative Party of Georgia is represented by 6 members of Parliament: 2 MPs – Zviad Dzidziguri (Rustavi), Revaz Shavlokhashvili (Tsalka) and 4 proportionally elected members: Giga Bukia, Paata Kvijinadze, Merab Kacakhidze, Bidzina Gujabidze; In Parliament, the party has Faction “Georgian Dream – Conservatives”, the chairman of which is Giga Bukia.
The party joined the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists on 1 November 2014
The Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) is Europe’s fastest growing political movement. Founded in 2010 by the British Conservative Party, today ACRE is the third largest of the European Political families with more than 42 national member parties and groups within in the European Parliament, Council of Europe, Committee of the Regions, OSCE and NATO Parliamentary Assemblies. United by the Centre-Right values expressed in the Reykjavik Declaration, ACRE promotes individual liberty, national sovereignty, parliamentary democracy, private property, limited government, free trade, family values and the devolution of power both in Europe and across the world