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New oppositionists in the Georgian Parliament2008-11-14 18:03
At an extraordinary session of Parliament the mandates of deputies that won the mid-term elections in Tbilisi will be recognized.
The city needed an additional ballot to make up for the number of popular representatives. Two deputies for the capital proclaimed the May elections engineered and surrendered their mandates. The authorities were left only to make a good face. Vice Speaker from the dominant majority Mikhail Machavariani stated as early as on September 7 that he would not take part in the mid-term elections. The opposition won in the districts in May, so it has to obtain the vacant seats. As a result the winners at the elections on November 3 were "Christian and Democratic Movement" and "National Democratic Party". Saakashvili can afford such a handsome gesture - 119 out of 150 deputies
of Parliament represent the dominant majority. It does not matter whether there will be two more or two less.
However on November 13 one of the President's faithful team-mates deserted. Ex head of the government's chancellery, the parliamentary deputy Petr Mamradze decided to withdraw from the pro-presidential majority in Georgia's parliament.
"I respect the team principle and do not want to create any problems because I have my own opinion that is different from the majority, - the deputy stated. - But the situation in the country is the result of improper management... All countries starting from the USA state that President has made a tragic mistake in August. I fully agree to this".
The deputy disproved the information that he was a traitor and deserter. He did not confirm the behind-the-scenes rumors of his possible conversion to the team of ex Speaker of Parliament, Nino Burdzhanadze. However he is not intended to lose a comfortable seat of a people's representative.
"I have not been in contact with Burdzhanadze since last May after her refusal to take part in the elections. And she did not make any proposals either. In fact I don't consider that, I want to be an independent deputy" - Mamradze informed.
That day the ex Speaker herself made a statement of a different character. She decided to become Saakashvili's rival at the presidential elections.
"The question whether I should run for the presidential post must be solved by people and the Georgian society", - Mrs. Burdzhanadze stated in a live interview with "Utsnobi" radio.
In terms of political propaganda this is a 100% "yes". The implied society and people are ready to put even a monarchial crown on the ex speaker's head. Burdzhanadze gave a traditional promise to put everything right in the country.
"Latest statements of European leaders testify that the judgments in connection with the August war are changing and not in favor of Georgia, - she pointed out. - These tendencies have lots of reasons including Russia's active work. At the same time Georgia's authorities have run out of credit of the Western partners. Now our main task is to regain it".
Apparently Burdzhanadze is not familiar with Ilf's and Petrov's popular saying that it's too late to drink borjomi. The recent events show that the West is ready to sell out Georgia's territorial integrity with the whole schmear. It will most probably happen if oil barrel loses another ten bucks. This fact has obviously become clear to Saakashvili and his opponents. This is what a leader of "United Opposition" Kakha Kukava, a conservative, said: "According to one of the versions our president can start the war adventure anew. After another failure he'll flee from the country and get the status of a president in exile.