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Political Zugzwang

2009-10-26 23:28

4381.jpegKonstantin Gamsakhurdia, the Freedom party leader decided to return to parliament. Today the parliamentary bureau is considering restoration of his deputy mandate. Rumors are that two more oppositionists are ready to continue their work in the country's supreme legislative body. So it's United National Movement winning this round, isn't it?


Rumors that Konstantin Gamsakhurdia (son of the first Georgian president and opposition Freedom party leader) is considering return to parliament have been on in Tbilisi for the whole last month. The capital of Georgia is a unique city: any information here almost immediately gets into the newspapers. Then you have to wait a bit before disseminated information is confirmed.

Gamsakhurdia's intentions to come back to parliament appeared in the press early in September together with the names of other opposition figures having the same plan on their minds. Kommersant radio station supposed "the prodigal opposition" would establish their own bloc upon return to parliament. It was the idea of unification that could embrace We Ourselves leader, parliament deputy Paata Davitaya, leader of traditionalists Akaky Asatiani and Freedom party leader Konstantin Gamsakhurdia.

The politicians categorically refused to make any comments for the journalists. However by the end of last week "speculations" of the journalist community started to come true.

At a press conference in Tbilisi Konstantin Gamsakhurdia told the journalists he was coming back to parliament. What was the reason for a decision like that? Like he told the journalists and confirmed in his conversation with GeorgiaTImes correspondent this decision was connected with the desire to sit on the parliamentary committee investigating into the death of his father - first Georgian president Zviad Gamsakhurdia.

Will the deputies be able to puzzle out the mysterious death of the first president? There is no answer to this question now. Maybe creation of this committee is a PR action devised to finally shatter the opposition ranks that have never been really united. It's common knowledge all is fair in politics to achieve a certain goal.

It is worthwhile to remind that in 2008 many opposition figures gave up their deputy mandates won at the May 21 parliamentary election. After spring rallies Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili suggested that they return to parliament. Then the answer of the opposition was a categorical 'no". In September the Georgian parliament adopted amendments to the Constitution stipulating restoration of parliamentary mandates. The opposition refused again.

What Gamsakhurdia has done now is just another confirmation that the opposition is growing more disunited. That means the opponents of the authorities have fewer chances to win. The opinion of the opposition on Konstantin Gamsakhuridia's return to parliament is divided.

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