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Who will unite the opposition – a leader or a cult-hero?

2008-12-02 10:56

8/7/1/871.jpegDay after day the situation in Georgia is more like a political detective. The politologists remark that a new and rather serious realignment has begun. As a result in December new associations and parties are expected to enter the arena.

This process has covered both the presidential "National movement" whose rows are getting thinner very fast and the opposition.


As the "Kviris Resonansi" (Weekly Resonance) newspaper writes the conservatives are planning to create a "Big democratic association" by the New Year. According to some reports they will unite with "The party of people" (with Koba Davitashvili as the leader) and "For United Georgia" movement (headed by the ex Defense Minister Irakly Okruashvili). It is forecast behind the scenes that this coalition will be chaired by the people's defender of Georgia Sozar Subari. Probably the association will be completed by Salome Zurabishvili's party "Way of Georgia".

The republicans (David Usupashvili) and "The New Rights" (David Gamkrelidze) have found common language. They are not in a hurry to set up a coalition but both the leaders state they are cooperating closely hoping that other parties will join them too. Nino Burdzhanadze and her movement are implied here as the Georgian analysts say.

It is observed in Tbilisi that she has been scoring well lately. So the assertion that the daughter of the Georgian revolution is unable to unite the isolated rows of the oppositionists struggling against whom she displayed iron character last November didn't prove true.

Now the Georgian politologists state: if before "The New Rights" and the republicans "stiffened" when the name of Burdzhanadze was mentioned now they are close to cooperation. However... Following last November's events "The New Rights" came to Burdzhanadze's reception room with a protest action. She did not receive them. The oppositionists remained there for several days starving as the head of Parliament of that time forbade any food to be brought to them.

Will "The New Rights" forget the past? All the more that the biggest problem for a Georgian is to come to terms with another Georgian. Here is a curious observation of a philosopher and a publicist Guram Asatiani: "It is striking but a Georgian seems to be at war first of all with another Georgian and at the same time he can't live without another Georgian as he craves for competing with him only in order to measure height, strength". Maybe this peculiarity explains the opposition's pathological incapacity to unite that has been demonstrated until now.

"If the "National movement" on behalf of its leader Saakashvili accuses its political opponents of serving the Kremlin and not the motherland, they in their turn search for "agents of "National movement" among their members. "The New Rights" leader called Pata Davitaya that is chairing the parliamentary committee for investigation of the August events a Merabishvili agent (the head of the Interior Ministry is the only hawk that has not unsubscribed from the "National Movement"). The same charges are brought against the leader of "Christian and Democratic Movement "(CDM) Georgy Targamadze. However this story is even more complicated: he is called "a double agent". According to one version he is sent by Georgia's Interior Ministry. According to the other - CDM is a new "instrument" of Moscow.

People are puzzled: whom to back? What a political force will finally proceed from beautiful promises to real actions that will result in guaranteed stability and wellbeing?

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