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All day Tbilisi was expecting an answer to the question what amount the government would set aside for the parties. This is an issue the government is considering on the president's initiative so that all parties had an opportunity to show their political power. Leaders of the opposition are skeptical about this proposal assuming the pressure on political opponents from the authorities will only grow more intense.
Financing of political parties is supposed to be resumed in Georgia in July. According to Pavle Kublashvili, chairman of parliamentary committee on legal affairs the transfer of money to the parties was not done due to technical reasons as this year's budget was amended. And there was no chance of introducing the amendments on time because of the pickets at the parliament building and no chance to work normally either, Kommersant radio (Georgia) reports.
"Our opponents were not interested in the laws we were going to adopt. When it turned out it was the law on financing they got agitated and started pressing for it to be adopted as soon as possible, - Kublashvili remarked. It will be remembered the non-parliamentary opposition has been underfunded by the government for two months already as it says. In a word, the poor are to blame for their poverty - i.e. it's the oppositionists' fault that now they are penniless.
Essentially the parliamentary majority considers the changes leading to increased financing of the parties quite possible. But as the ruling majority leaders remark in their personal conversations at this stage it's impossible to have changes involving the rise in budget expenses. They believe the current initiative must deal with more transparent financing of the parties and their expenditure.
However the non-parliamentary opposition considers President Mikheil Saakashvili's initiative a failure. "Financing of the political parties must not be the subject of political speculations and activities aimed at penalizing opposition parties", - News Georgia agency quotes Manana Nachkebia, a New Rights leader. According to her there is a glaring fact of two months' suspension of GEL 6.7 thousand (over USD 4 thousand) monthly financing of the party from the budget. "This is another method of penalizing political parties", - Nachkebia stated remarking that the authorities had repeatedly taken advantage of the law for their personal purposes.
Labor Party Secretary General Soso Shatberashvili suggested his own way of state financing of the political parties. "Financing must be provided in compliance with the rating of the parties", - he stated suggesting a scheme of appropriating money according to the annual rating of political organizations. Other oppositionists believe the new order of funding will be used by the authorities for bargaining with political opponents, if necessary, GHN reports.
"This will be a punitive measure. The authorities repeatedly showed their abuse of law according to desired political purposes: if needed the law will be used for punishment, or for imposing inquisition rules or for political bargaining", - Movement for United Georgia Secretary General Eka Beselia stated.
In the meantime Resonansi newspaper (Georgia) assumed that new hidden-camera records would be soon posted on Internet featuring the meeting between opposition leaders and Levan Mamaladze, Kvemo Kartli ex governor. At the session late last week when the ruling majority was trying to find sources of the opposition's money Givi Targamadze, chairman of parliamentary committee on defense and security spoke about Russia's alleged use of high ranking officials of Shevarnadze's epoch in order to change power in Georgia. According to Targamadze two persons of that time are particularly active: ex Interior Minister Kakha Targamadze and Kvemo Kartli ex Governor Levan Mamaladze, GHN reports.