New Political Center — Girchi

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New Political Center — "Girchi"
ახალი პოლიტიკური ცენტრი — „გირჩი“
Leader Zurab Japaridze
Founded 2015
Split from UNM
Headquarters Tbilisi, Georgia
Ideology Classical Liberalism
Political position Centre-right
Colours Green and white
Seats in Parliament
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The New Political Centre — Girchi (NPC–G; Georgian: ახალი პოლიტიკური ცენტრი — „გირჩი“, akhali politikuri ts'entri — girchi) is a Liberal (more specifically, a classical liberal) party in Georgia, split from the United National Movement (UNM), and chaired by Zurab Japaridze.[1] It was founded, in November 2015, after the four lawmakers—Zurab Japaridze, Pavle Kublashvili, Giorgi Khachidze, and Giorgi Meladze—quit the UNM, the formerly ruling and then parliamentary minority group.[2] The name girchi, "a pine cone", was chosen as a symbol of freshness and greenery.[3]

The party is in opposition to the current Georgian Dream coalition government of Georgia. It has declared itself an adherent of liberalism.[1]

The NPC–G was briefly, from August to September 2016, part of Paata Burchuladze's State for the People election bloc, which they quit just eleven days before the upcoming parliamentary election, citing "serious problems in terms of management".[4]

Opposition to Military Service[edit]

In 2017 the party gained notoriety for their foundation of the Christian Evangelical Protestant Biblical Freedom Church of Georgia, with the purpose of the "church" being to give priesthoods to any young men who wish to dodge the compulsory military service. [5]


  1. ^ a b "Who We Are". New Political Center Girchi. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Parliament Endorses Credentials of Two New MPs". Civil Georgia. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Girchi - New Political Center has a new name". Rustavi 2. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "NPC-Girchi Quits Burchuladze's Election Bloc". Civil Georgia. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Political Party helps Georgians dodge the draft BBC News. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2018