New Anticapitalist Party (Varkana)
|New Anticapitalist Party|
ახალი ანტიკაპიტალისტური პარტია
akhali antikapitalisturi partia
|Founded||14 January 1999|
|Youth wing||Akhalgazrda Antikapitalistebi|
Bright green environmentalism
|Political spectrum||Third Position|
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The New Anticapitalist Party (Varkan: ახალი ანტიკაპიტალისტური პარტია, akhali antikapitalisturi partia), commonly known as the ააპ or AAP, is a political party in Varkana and the current largest party in Parliament. The AAP was founded on 14 January 1999 by Zurab Avalishvili, a member of the National Assembly (MNA) and former minister who had left the Socialist Party earlier on 8 December 1998.
1999 general election
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Ideology and factions
Upon foundation, the New Anticapitalist Party has favored aristocratic communalism, an ideology coined by its founder Zurab Avalishvili. Described as a Third Position ideology, AAP has appealed to both socialists and economically-left-leaning conservatives. While it nowadays is a big tent party, it originally drew its voter base mainly from blue and white collar workers and unions. The New Anticapitalist Party is has strong support throughout Varkana, having won majorities in the Varkan Senate since the 1999 election and currently holds 98 of all 117 senate seats, 83.76% of all seats. Factions developed in the AAP following the reforms and consensus of the Varkan revolution, with groups forming around major party figures such as Zurab Avalishvili and Giorgi Latso. Around 15% of the AAP voter base do not consider themselves in any faction.
Conservatives and secularists constitute the majority of the AAP voter base. Conservatives are a right-leaning Armazist faction in the party who support social conservatism and moderate secularism. Additionally, conservatives strongly oppose religious law reforms, and seek to base Varkana's foreign policy on Armazist values. A key figure of the faction is incumbent President Giorgi Latso, while other prominent figures include Senators Vera Kobalia and Merab Devdariani, and MNA Lazaros Elhillo. They represent around 37% of the AAP voter base.
Seculars form the largest united demographic within the AAP voter base. They emerged around former President Zurab Avalishvili and his religious rhetoric, strong anti-clericalism and secular policies. They represent around 38% of the AAP voter base. The AAP establishment generally comprises politicians of that faction, including Speaker of the Senate Julieta Shalikashvili, former spokesperson Orestis Bestavadze, Minister of Social Affairs Viktor Dolidze, and Chairperson Tea Kostava.
A new faction emerged during the 2010s centered around former Akhalgazrda Antikapitalistebi spokesperson and MNA Gela Nazarovi who would eventually become the AAP's spokesperson in 2020. Nazarovi has described his beliefs as "taking from both Avalishvili and Latso". Several Varkan celebrities including rapper Sf-x and concert pianist Khatia Buniatishvili have backed Nazarovi to shape the AAP's future. They represent around 5% of the AAP voter base.
Democrats are a left-leaning faction in the party supporting democratic communalism, demilitarization and the rule of international law and international cooperation. They tend towards making the selection of Council of Ten councilors more democratic to making the whole council a democratically elected body. They oppose the non-elected nature of the collective premiership but oppose the establishment of a prime minister. A key figure of the faction in recent years has been Senator Ana Dongvani, a famous actress who entered politics in 2016. They represent around 5% of the AAP voter base.
|Election year||Candidate||1st preference||Final count|
|# of overall votes||% of overall vote||# of overall votes||% of overall vote|
|1999||Zurab Avalishvili||TBD||46.7%||TBD||62.6% (Won)|
|2003||Zurab Avalishvili||TBD||34.6%||TBD||50.1% (Won)|
|2007||Zurab Avalishvili||TBD||41.3%||TBD||55.2% (Won)|
|2011||Giorgi Latso||TBD||42.2%||TBD||56.7% (Won)|
|2015||Giorgi Latso||13,354,905||48.4%||17,696,270||68.3% (Won)|
|2019||Giorgi Latso||TBD||74.8%||TBD||74.8% (Won)|
|Year||No. 1 party list leader||Votes||Percentage||Seats||Control|
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|Year||Party leader in the Senate||Votes (first count total)||Seats||Control|
64 / 117
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60 / 117
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