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Levan Gachechiladze

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Date of Birth: 07/20/1964

Age: 52

Place of birth: Tbilisi

Citizenship: Georgia

Background

Levan Gachechiladze, was born July 20, 1964 in Tbilisi. He graduated from the Tbilisi State University with a degree in "Mathematics-Cybernetics". He worked as a commercial agent "Lilo" company and deputy head of the commercial department of the Department of Sports of Georgia. In 1993 he became CEO of Georgian wines and alcoholic beverages (Georgian Wines & Spirits, GWS), in 1997 - the president of the company. In Georgia, for Gachechiladze its fame as "the wine of the King."

In 1999, Gachechiladze was elected to the Parliament of Georgia on the list "of Georgian citizens of the Union" supports the president Eduard Shevardnadze. He headed the committee on economic policy and reforms. In June 2000, he became chairman of the association "New Rights", established on the basis of the parliamentary "new faction" led by MP Davit Gamkrelidze, a breakaway from the "Citizens` Union of Georgia."

In June 2003, Gachechiladze gave way to the head of the "New Right" Gamkrelidze. "New Rights" did not support the "Rose Revolution" of autumn 2003 - the bloodless coup that led to the ouster of Shevardnadze. This was the reason for the differences between Gamkrelidze and Gachechiladze sympathized with the revolution. In the parliamentary elections in March 2004 Gachechiladze was elected to Parliament from the "New Rights". Once in parliament, she left the pool and went to the cross-party faction "Democratic Front". In addition, Gachechiladze became a member of the Budget and Finance Committee.

Gachechiladze has not been politically active until September 2006, when the ten opposition parties, including the party "Georgia`s Way" ex-Foreign Minister Salome Zourabichvili and the party "Freedom" Constantine Gamsakhurdia, as well as former Georgian State Minister for Conflict Resolution Giorgi Khaindrava, They formed a coalition against President Mikheil Saakashvili. Gachechiladze joined the coalition as an independent deputy.

November 2, 2007 in front of the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi held a mass protest organized by a number of opposition parties. Among its members were and Gachechiladze. November 7, 2007 a regular meeting was broken up by police. Against the demonstrators with tear gas and water cannons. From the police seriously injured Gachechiladze - he was severely beaten by car "ambulance" was taken to hospital.

November 12, 2007 the National Council of the united opposition chose Gachechiladze as a single opposition candidate in the early presidential elections in Georgia, appointed by Saakashvili on January 5, 2008. In case of victory Gachechiladze, the opposition promised to abolish the post of prezidentai convey the power of the Prime Minister. December 7, 2007 Gachechiladze was officially registered as a presidential candidate. Gachechiladze addition, the participants of the presidential election were: Saakashvili, Shalva Natelashvili of the Labor Party, businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili Davit Gamkrelidze of the party "New Rights", Maisashvili the future of the Party and Irina Sarishvili-Chanturia from the political movement "Hope".

January 5, 2008 presidential elections were held in Georgia. According to the CEC, the voter turnout was 56.17 percent. According to official sources, Gachechiladze enlisted the support of 25.69 percent of voters, and already in the first round lost to Saakashvili`s election, for whom voted 53.47 percent of citizens who came to the polls.

May 21, 2008 Gachechiladze was elected to the Georgian Parliament on the list of the united opposition.