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Confidence in Victory2010-04-28 10:51
The Georgian local self-management elections will take place on 30 May. Despite the opposition is still threatening that the elections will become epoch-making and will mark the beginning of the collapse of the governing "National Movement", most experts are sure that Gigi Ugulava, the current mayor, will win. Today the governing party entered his candidature officially in the Central Electoral Committee. The opposition does not stint its criticism. But so far it can't propose a real alternative program and a candidate.
Until now the governing party kept the intrigue. While last week the Central Electoral Committee registered two candidates for the Tbilisi Mayor post, Niku Ivanishvili from the "People's Democrats" party and David Jakobidze from the "Georgian Democratic Party", the governing party did not name its candidate for the post of Mayor of Tbilisi. The oppositionists have even made some declarations that something is going wrong in the government team. The republican David Usupashvili made such a comment to Georgian journalists: some interesting processes have started in the government circles, including the governing party. "They have always been singing they are one team. Now they say "Gigi Ugulava's team". This is already quite interesting", said Usupashvili. In
his opinion, the governing party will try to win the election using the police budget and the special services. "And people are on our side. We will know later who will win in the end: the people or the police", said David Usupashvili.
While some criticized the authorities and other oppositionists worked hastily on their manifestos, the governing party just kept intriguing silence. Just the Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said the other day with a lot of meaning: "The coming local self-government elections should not be transformed into a political springboard for changing the country's authorities". The oppositionists who declared their intention to stand for mayor elections: Head of the "Alliance for Georgia" Irakly Alasania, Georgy Chanturia from the "Christian and Democratic Movement" (KhDD), Gogi Topadze, leader of the "Industry Will Save Georgia" party, Zviad Dzidziguri from the "National Council" and Tamaz Vashadze from the "Solidarity" political movement are already making their election pledges. All of them promise more or less the same: to create enterprises and working places. They are the biggest problems of the country that no one has managed to solve during the recent years. So to stake on solving these problems means a guaranteed victory. The question is who will keep their promises afterwards.
Yesterday the current Mayor Gigi Ugulava said that nobody could do it better than him. "Today the main issues are employment, stability and development of the capital", some Georgian mass media cite Ugulava's declaration. He said that together with his team he would soon present his manifesto, so the Tbilisi citizens "will know in detail what will have the highest priority for the candidates of the National Movement". The only difference of Ugulava's program from that of his opponents is the fact that he has a ready-made election slogan. It runs as follows: "There's still much to be done". Really anyone could sign this. Not only the mayor candidate.