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Saakashvili set for third term?2010-06-11 00:11
Georgia's dominant party is set to take full advantage of the victory at recent local election. As reported, powers of Gigi Ugulava, the mayor of Tbilisi, will be expanded. From the very beginning a number of politicians considered Ugulava as Mikheil Nikolayevich's successor. However now, a fortnight later, it becomes evident that Mikheil Nikolayevich is not going to leave politics after 2013 either. Saakashvili can't look calmly on the scenario tried in hateful Russia: like Putin he aspires for PM position. A few months ago this could only be a guess. Now, however, it is practically undisputable.
Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili is going to remain in power after 2013 though formally his presidential powers will expire, GHN (Georgia) reports. Saakashvili told so in a talk with journalists during his visit to France confirming his desire he had expressed earlier, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes remarking that Saakashvili had confirmed to French journalists his old desire to retain a leading role after 2013. Under the law he can run for a deputy seat, become speaker of parliament or head the Cabinet.
However, rumors about Mikheil Nikolayevich's continued political career have been discussed in Georgian press for a few weeks already after it became clear that the opposition had lost the election and the dominant party made it clear to everyone: it is here to stay in earnest. Quite recently there appeared news on expansion of Tbilisi mayor's powers. He is supposed to become Georgia's next president. For the time being expansion concerns the economic sphere only. But are there any doubts that economy and politics are closely interrelated in the country of ongoing reforms? Besides, politologists have long been pointing to the fact that Mikheil Nikolayevich is preparing his friend and teammate for presidency: Gigi Ugulava is not so charismatic, thus he will not be able to outshine current president.
A short time before the election Vedomosti newspaper came up with the following comment: "Tbilisi Mayor looks like the brightest political figure after the president, Felix Stanevsky from the Institute of CIS countries remarks, and many (including Saakashvili whose powers expire in 2013 prohibiting his third term) consider him a successor to the president". Knowing the successor Saakashvili is now "looking for" a position in government for himself. Now it is pronounced in a loud voice in Georgia.
David Darchiashvili from the parliamentary majority considers it inevitable that Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili will continue his active political career after his presidential powers expire remarking that Saakashvili will only be 45 years old then. Definitely this is not the age to write memoirs. But why was Russia accused of being undemocratic with Putin taking the PM post? Answering a question asked by a Pirveli agency journalist - if the Georgian authorities will act by analogy with Russia - Darchiashvili replied: "By all notions Russia is not a free country, and it is not correct to call it an analogue".