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Debating policy: one more trial2009-11-13 14:13
President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili is making his best to use the political lull to soften the current situation. The day before, he ordered the minister of education and minister of health to familiarize themselves with the parliamentary opposition's initiatives. As to the non-parliamentary opposition, its radical wing is about to start a new turn of struggle.
One can see another split in the ranks of the Georgian opposition, which could never be characterized as consolidated. Now, at least two wings can be defined clearly: those being ready to conduct a dialogue with the government and to wait for the next elections and those pondering over a new strategy to achieve the set purpose.
The oppositional split played into the hands of the ruling elite. The authorities are demonstrating their victory and are going to give up those concessions they had been ready to make. For example, they were thought to be ready to yield municipal power to the opposition, while now this point seems to be rather doubtful.
As reported by GeorgiaTimes, leader of Alliance for Georgia Irakliy Alasania has more than once stated his desire to run for the post of mayor of the capital so that he could continue his fight with the authorities. As the experts forecasted, the oppositional activists supposedly intended to repeat the political way of Mikhail Nikolaevitch, who was Chairman of Sakrebulo (City Assembly) before his presidency. However, the Georgian media are already reporting that Alasania may give up his intention to run for the post of Mayor of Tbilisi.
The country's government wants to carry out an election reform. According to the reform, the so-called electoral threshold can be cancelled for the direct mayoral elections, as newspaper Rezonansi reports. Such principle is so much desirable for the opposition that, perhaps, leader of Alliance for Georgia Irakliy Alasania will give up striving after the post of mayor.
Cancellation of the threshold means that the winner is defined according to the greatest number of votes. According to the oppositionists, the authorities are reckoning that the opposition will nominate several candidates who will take away the votes from each other, thus enabling the government's henchman to win.
In other words, feeling like a winner, Mikhail Nikolaevitch is not going to make the slightest concessions to the opponents. However, being a highly skilled RP expert, he is working on his image of a "democrat". According to GHN, Saakashvili recently ordered Minister of Education Nika Gvamaria and Minister of Health Alexander Kvitashvili to review the initiatives of the oppositional Christian Democrats party submitted to the parliament.
"Two days ago, I had a meeting with the representatives of Christian Democrats, who raised specific issues in respect of education and health care, - the president said. - I believe many proposals to be relevant and it is not correct that the opposition's estimations are more precise than ours. Still, we must learn to admit that some of their ideas are relevant and beneficial for the country".
Saakashvili also underlined that the authorities should consider the opinion of the oppositional parties and exchange information. However, he seems to be unable to establish the desired peace.
The mess is made by the radicals, Mikhail Nikolaevitch's former revolutionary friends being among them: it is former Speaker of Parliament Nino Burjanadze heading the oppositional Democratic Movement - United Georgia and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, a French Georgian Salome Zurabishvili, the current leader of the Way of Georgia.