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Exemplary debates

2009-07-21 23:08

3427.jpegThe President of Georgia was asked to give up his post. He agreed that there is a necessity for re-election. The only thing is that, according to the president, it is not him who should be replaced but heads of towns and villages. The president promised to provide his opponents with access to the media, ensure the judges' independence and make the officials closer to the people. On the whole, it was a pleasant speech that Saakashvili delivered at the parliament debates. However, the US ambassador is already on his way to Georgia. As they say, he is going to find a substitution for the morally exhausted leader.


The main points of the president's speech became known before the debates started due to the publication of the interview and analysis of Mikhail Saakashvili's prepared speech in The Wall Street Journal. Though the publication was partly denied by Saakashvili the next day, the main points regarding the new proposals as to further democratization of the country were still voiced in parliament.

The main issue of the Georgian agenda is the demand of new elections. The opposition wanted to re-elect the president. He had no intention to resign, having proposed a compromise: re-election, yes, but it should be local re-election at the self-government level to be held next spring, several months before the scheduled one. Besides, the president agreed to direct mayoral elections and re-election of the city assembly, sakrebulo. In order to ensure flawless election that would arouse no one's discontent, the president suggested forming a new Central Electoral Committee and terminating this process by the end of the current year, as well as establishing a new Electoral Code. All these issues were more than once brought up for public discussion. The parliamentary opposition has long been treating these concessions favorably, while the radicals never agreed to half-measures. As to the president, he stated once again that he has no intention to resign early: "I am going to leave my post in 2013 when my term is over and I will repose power in the people's hands".

The second demand made during the three-month protest actions concerned the media's activity. The social and public political channels broadcasting across the country are under the government's full control. As to the private Georgian TV companies of Kavkasia and Maestro broadcasting an alternative standpoint, they are only able to operate in a limited area. This was underlined even by the international human rights organizations. And now Mikhail Saakashvili promised to provide all the TV media with an opportunity of satellite broadcasting.

The president also promised to change the policy of the Public television office by replacing the members of the company's board of trustees. In particular, he stood for giving four out of nine seats in the board of trustees to the opposition and to public authorities, while the one left should be given to the civil sector representative. Naturally, the seats in the board will be given only to the trusted persons such as the "tamed" parliamentary critics representing the minority. Besides, it became known before the debates that Director General of the Georgian Public Television Levan Kubaneishvili had left office. A competition to fill the vacancy has been announced.

Delivering a speech before the parliament, Saakashvili stressed the inadmissibility of pressure that was born by the opposition upon the journalists by making the "shame corridors" near the Public television building and by initiating a fight with one of the observers.

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