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Demonstrations as fatality2010-05-03 11:13
Today Central Election Committee of Georgia stops check-in of candidates for the post of Tbilisi mayor. There are eight persons running for mayor's seat. Georgian experts believe that the only real rival to Gigi Ugulava, current mayor of Tbilisi, is Alliance for Georgia leader Irakli Alasania. Georgian media write about disaccord in the opposition alliance with Alasania's teammate Sozar Subari planning to join the non-government sector again. Is it a new split within the opposition or is it their last shot?
Refusal to run for the post of Sakrebulo chairman (head of city council) announced by Sozar Subari, the country's former ombudsman, now a leader of the Alliance for Georgia has caused quite a stir. Today Georgian media suggest that Subari will retire from politics to join an NGO. The parliamentary opposition expressed bewilderment over Subari's refusal to run in elections. As Giorgi Targamadze, the movement's leader told in his talk with journalists, he can't discuss the alliance's decision though Subari's exclusion from the electoral list was a surprise to him. Targamadze remarked that growing weakness of the opposition wing will harm any opposition party. He also thinks that Subari is giving a chance to journalist Inga Grigolia, a Christian Democratic
candidate. "Grigolia will be the first woman to chair sakrebulo. She will be the one to fulfill commitments in full", - Targamadze stated.
Irakli Alasania, Alliance for Georgia leader, has his own version why Sozar Subari was not in the list. "This is a step toward unity, toward consolidation of political forces. This proves that we are not fighting for positions, but for truth. Subari's decision he took with us does not mean we start consultations. We don't plan to hold consultations with any political force before the election", - Alasania stated.
Will the Alliance's new act help the opposition to get united? The less time there is left before the election the more shattered the opposition's delusive unity looks. Experts say that the hope for unification (the opposition has failed to nominate one candidate over a year - author) as well as for victory of any opponent to the authorities in this election is extremely scarce.
However hope lasts long, as we know. Gogi Topadze, Industry Will Save Georgia leader, another candidate for mayoral position, thinks that Subari's act was good for the opposition to get united. "Sozar Subari is a decent man. The alliance is doing well. I don't think they will commit a mistake. This is a good act to unite the opposition and work out a unique strategy", - he stated.
Meanwhile on April 30 the opposition will have to take one more maturity test planning to hold a massive protest rally in support of illegal prisoners. Okruashvili's ex teammate, Eka Beselia now in charge of rights defending activities and Levan Gachechiladze, Defend Georgia leader invite people to join in. It is reported that the demonstration will embrace various NGOs and youth organizations as well as almost all opposition forces. Eka Beselia, Levan Gachechiladze, Sozar Subari, Goga Khaindrava and Koka Guntsadze took part in a preliminary consultation. Will people of Georgia support the opposition this time? Are they ready to go out onto the streets?
The opposition is sure to be able to take people out onto streets - now if not later. Petre Mamradze, a leader of Movement for Fair Georgia stated today that if the results of local election are falsified people will again go outside on May 30.