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Georgia is carrying on its own “reload”2009-07-02 15:59
It seems like the ranks of the Georgian opposition are going to be realigned. The first three months of the protest actions did not in the slightest bring Saakashvili's opponents closer to their purpose. The oppositionists promise to offer the president their final and decisive battle in autumn. So far, they are fighting for Washington's favour. At the same time, leaders of the opposition are trying to find common grounds with each other, for, anyway, politics is a party game.
The number of the oppositional parties in Georgia is overgrowing: there are over twenty of them already. Besides, there is a rumour in Tbilisi that leader of the United opposition Levan Gachechiladze is going to establish a party of his own. This supposition was made to the GHN agency on June, 30 by the Christian Democrats representative, Vice Speaker of Parliament Levan Vepkhvadze. According to him, in the nearest future Levan Gachechiladze and David Gamkrelidze are going to find themselves in the same political block. Besides, the vice speaker leaves open the possibility that Levan Gachechiladze is going to form the separate political movement and party, which, in his opinion, is going to unite the representatives of various public circles, including the
The opposition started talking about realignment after the notorious meeting of Levan Gachechiladze and leader of The New Rights David Gamkrelidze with the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Kakha Targamadze, who, according to the Georgian authorities, is currently working for the Russian special services. This event was commented upon by everyone, from President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili and the parliamentary majority representatives to each of the oppositional leaders.
The only person to keep silent was leader of Alliance for Georgia Irakli Alasania, who obviously has got his own reasons for that. Firstly, these days Alasania has been staying in Washington where he had gone at the invitation of the US Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon. Secondly, The New Rights are included into Alliance for Georgia. Alasania obviously did not inform Gamkrelidze of the scandalous meeting. Alliance for Georgia was established in spring, right before the opposition announced its large-scale actions. This was practically the oppositionists' first successful attempt to unite those political forces that have been fighting the authorities alone within a number of years, being unable to come to an understanding with each other.
It looks like Alliance for Georgia has started the first leak, which makes it possible for the whole of the oppositional movement to sink. It is no coincidence that the ruling majority demanded from Alasania to outline his personal position as to the "meeting in Berlin". The fact that it was Gamkrelidze who promoted Alasania's candidature for presidency has not yet been forgotten. Victor Dolidze, Alasania's team representative, had to calm down the public: "If needed, Alasania is ready to answer any questions upon his return back to Georgia". Now, Alasania is back. However, being a professional diplomat, he has withheld any sharp statements, saying only that there should be no foreign capital and foreign finance in political spectrum.
The media keeps alluding to Alasania conducting backstage negotiations with the authorities' representatives. Besides, he stayed in Washington together with Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Vano Merabishvili.
According to Nezavisimaya Gazeta (The Independent Newspaper), "the highest ranks of the Georgian MIA headed by Minister Vano Merabishvili and the oppositional representatives headed by the former ambassador to UN Irakli Alasania are currently staying in Washington.