The Union of Georgian Traditionalists (UGT)
03 June, 2014
Motto: "Georgia First of All"

Political direction: right centrist

Main program priorities:

Economics: 1. Establishing of principles of free market economics 2. Private property 3. Support of small and medium business 4. Ensuring equal start conditions for private business 5. Attracting investments 6. Strengthening relations with international and economic and financial institutions 7. Unification of taxation system, decreasing taxes and ensuring their extraction 8. Structural change of taxation system for this purpose
Foreign Policy: 1. Friendly relations with all neighbour countries (ratifying corresponding agreements with them) 2. Relations with European Atlantic Union 3. Establishing special relations with NATO bloc 4. Relations with European Union and satisfying all conditions to enter it. 5. Finding own place in new international relations system according to the national interests of Georgia
Territorial Arrangement of the state: regional (we regard that because of present situation there is no alternative to regional arrangement. After restoration of territorial integrity of Georgia we can consider asymmetric principle of territorial arrangement (asymmetric federalism).
System Arrangement of the state: our aim is to eventually move to constitutional monarchy from presidential republic.
Date of founding: 1990; first registration: 1990, new registration: 1998
Founders: Union of Georgian Traditionalists, founded in 1942 in emigration. Founders: famous Georgian political emigrants: Sp. Kedia, B. Avalishvili, Gr. Robakidse and others. Initiators of the union restoration in 1990: Ak. Asatiani, G. Kordsadse, L. Akhmeteli, and others.
Organisational structure: congress (once every 2 years) - political board (for a 2-year term, 100 members) - secretariat (is elected for a 2-year term, 7 members: Akaki Asatiani - a chairman, Gubaz Sanikidse - a deputy chairman, Gaioz Kordsadse - a secretary general, Guram Khomeriki - an executive secretary, Nikolos Saneblidse, Alexandre Shalamberidse - a deputy chairman of election headquarters, Bejhan Khurtsudse - a head of Imereti election company) - a chairman (is elected for a 2-year term, last elected 1998)
Chairman: Akaki Asatiani (born 1953, in Tbilisi), a philologist, an orientalist. In 1977 graduated from the Department of Eastern Studies at Tbilisi State University. Professional experience: a teacher at Mose Toidse State Arts College, a translator at Sakinporm. Political experience: since 1990 is a chairman of Union of Georgian Traditionalists. Participated in 1990 elections as a majority candidates well as by party list - in the bloc - "Mrgvali magida - Tavisupali Sakartvelo", got an MP, 1991-1992 - was a member of fraction "Mrgvali Magida". 1990-1991 - a deputy chairman of the parliament, 1991-19992- a chairman. Participated in 1992 elections by party list, got an MP. 1992-1995 - was a chairman of fraction "Traditsionalisti". Participated in 1995 elections by party list, did not get an MP. Participates in 1999 elections by party list.
Married: wife - Irine Abuladse and 2 sons
Address: 10 Arsena St, Tbilisi Phone: 990319
No of members: several thousand (active - 2000).
Youth organisation: Union of Young Traditionalists. Founded in 1995, is a judiciary person. Leader - George Sharabidse. Address: 10 Virsaladse St., Tbilisi, phone: 983999
Regional organisations: 3 regional and more than 30 rayon organisations
Printing body: a newspaper "KARTVELI ERI". Founded 1990, 3 times a month, 500 copies.
Political background:
The party participated in 1990 parliament elections, in the bloc "Mrgvali Magida Tavisupali Sakartvelo" (Round Table-Free Georgia), received 62% of votes, the bloc had 85 party list and 47 majority MPs, the party had 15 party list and 7 majority MPs.
Pre-election program priorities: independence of Georgia, evolutionary change of Soviet system
The party individually participated in 1992 parliament elections, received 6% of votes, had 8 representatives in the parliament: 7 party list and 1 majority MPs.
Pre-election program priorities: strengthening independence of Georgia, establishing national state, economic reform, introducing national currency.
The party individually participated in 1995 parliament elections, had 4 majority MPs in the parliament.
Pre-election program priorities: 1. Restoration of the state territorial integrity 2. Establishing of the state territorial arrangement 3. Starting and finishing of the second stage of economic reform
The party individually participated in 1998 local self-governing bodies' elections.
The party supported Zviad Gamsakhurdia in 1991 presidential elections
The party did not support any candidate in 1995 presidential elections
The party does not support the present government course. The reasons: - 1. It is not able to restore state territorial integrity 2. Economic reforms have stopped 3. There is not a definite territorial arrangement 4. Non-consecutive foreign policy
The party is registered in CEC grounds: an MP - Germane Patsatsia.

Pre-election program priorities: a) 1. Ensuring state territorial integrity. Solution of Abkhazia problem through direct negotiations with Abkhazia government on the basis of mutual compromises, with international organisations guarantees. Withdrawal of Russian troops, liquidation of Russian military bases. Solution of Tskhinvali problem through negotiations 2. Friendly relations with all neighbours (legalisation of corresponding basic agreement with them). Close relations with European Atlantic Union. Special relations with NATO. Entering European Union. Preparing necessary legislative basis for this political step. b) Land reform: giving agricultural land free (at least half) to all citizens. In the next stage, secondary market of land should be created. Land owner can also be a judiciary person registered in Georgia. This will make foreign capital interested and support attraction of finances, will develop agricultural-credit system. 2. Taxation reform means reduce taxation and increase taxpayer number. Guarantee of taxes extraction and establishing order in this branch. We assume that taxation reduce is the main condition of rapid economic development. We do not agree to protectionism. Customs tax should be reduced. Customs taxes should go to development of local industry. Independent collecting and controlling bodies should be created, central treasury and taxation inspection. About 1/4 of budgetary incomes should go to local budget. Besides, a half (about 13%) of these taxes should be distributed proportionally to tax extraction and the second part according to territory measures and economic conditions. This system will erase economic unbalance among regions. Other taxes (property, land and others) should fully go to the budget. It is necessary to create job contract basis in social sphere. Two types of basis - temporary and constant one should be established, priority should go to the first one. Social insurance should be taken into account and this should be provided by an employer. Pension reform should take place, as a result of which each citizen will individually create pension funds and will individually define the amount of pension. c) Territorial arrangement of the state should be based on regional principle. After Abkhasia problem solution we can think about federalism (even asymmetric one).