On February 18, the Parliament of Georgia endorsed the credentials of Valeri Gelashvili, a new MP from the ruling Georgian Dream–Democratic Georgia party, with 82 votes in favor and none against.
Businessman Valeri Gelashvili was a member of the Parliament of three (5th, 6th and 8th) convocations. He was Georgian Dream’s majoritarian MP from Khashuri single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of the 8th convocation. Gelashvili also ran as a majoritarian MP from the same constituency in 2016 but failed to garner enough votes.
On August 5, 2014, the Prosecutor’s Office brought charges against Georgia’s ex-President over beating Gelashvili. In June 2018, Tbilisi City Court delivered guilty verdict against Saakashvili and sentenced him to six years in prison with a 2 years and 3 months ban on holding public office.