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Elections near – candidates still undefined2010-03-29 19:22
Next week president of Georgia will announce the local election date. The situation is still unclear - traditionally. No Georgian expert or analyst can definitely say how many candidates will run for the position of Tbilisi mayor. The opposition has failed to come to terms presenting neither a unique candidate nor any action plan. Levan Gachechiladze, one of the opposition leaders thinks Georgia's political life is currently dead. However political truce in Georgia doesn't last long as usual.
Thus, The National Council must nominate a candidate for Tbilisi mayor on April 9. On March 16 six opposition parties of Georgia announced revival of the National Council confirmed by Zurab Nogaideli, Movement for Fair Georgia leader, Zviad Dzidziguri Conservative Party leader, Koba Davitashvili People's party leader, Giya Berdzenadze - Mamulishvili coalition leader, Leri Tkebuchava representing the Party of Future, Avtandil Davitaya, Christian Georgia movement leader.
Zurab Nogaideli, Movement for Fair Georgia leader whose trips to Moscow are not exactly approved took charge of the National Council's election headquarters. This was the reason why Irakli Alasania, Alliance for Georgia leader withdrew from the National Council. Due to this new split in the opposition it is now of great significance whom Levan Gachechiladze, a "dinosaur" of the opposition movement, will join at the election. He held negotiations with different groups. However at first he stated he would declare political support for a unique opposition candidate only, not a leader. "If a unique candidate is not determined it will be hard for me to decide whose candidate to follow", - Civil.ge quotes. He also said he might abandon the election race. "Probably I will decide to go to the election and quietly vote for some candidate as a common voter if I see no end to Saakashvili's authority", - he stated. According to him in current situation one candidate may emerge out of four: Zviad Dzidziguri, Conservative Party leader, Koba Davitashvili People's party leader, Irakli Alasania Alliance for Georgia leader and Gogi Topadze of the Party of Industrialists. "These four men must decide on the form to present one candidate". - Gachechiladze stated. - I'm holding consultation with all sides and they tell me I have no faith that their candidates might win".
However the consultations have been of no effect. At least this is what Gachechiladze stated last weekend: Georgia's political life is dead. It's quite a strange situation before the election that as opposition asserts must become story-making. Irakli Alasania, a leading candidate for mayoral position once viewed as a presidential candidate immediately stated that Levan Gachechiladze was wrong assessing the political situation. It sounds like a curtsey to his supporter or opponent. "Levan Gachechiladze is an important political figure because of his past, and I would welcome his active return to politics. One of these days he will decide and then we will evaluate his steps", - Alasania remarked. However already today Georgian media reported Gachechiladze's refusal to head Irakli Alasania's HQ. Today Gachechiladze stated he is not going to run in election as an independent candidate.
Experts unanimously believe that the opposition is discrediting itself making the victory of the authorities - i.e. Gigi Ugulava, a candidate from the National Movement, predestined. However any political pause in unquiet Georgia is just a premonition of a coming storm. This is what almost all Georgian media write about. The government and the opposition are getting ready for a new battle. Only time will show who and how will stand before the nation.
Irina Ptashkovskaya especially for GeorgiaTimes