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Saakashvili’s basic instinct is now inside Constitution

2010-09-13 13:04

7425.jpegAmendments to the Constitution that practically nullify presidency in Georgia will take effect very soon. No one doubts that Mikheil Saakashvili launched these reforms for his own salvation. His presidential term will end in 2013 as well as indemnity against logical consequences of his own actions and decisions.


Certainly, there hardly be a line of people calling for revenge with hayforks and torches in front of Saakashvili's residence on the last day of his presidency. Still, in addition to lynching there are other things he can be scared of since not only Georgia has complaints against the Rose Revolution hero. The head of the state is well aware of that - it was his own doing, the result of much effort. Now he seeks new protection knowing that his present status and all advantages thereof will soon be gone.

This is an acute instinct of self-preservation that accounts for Mikheil Nikolozovich's recent initiatives related to amendments to the constitution and Georgia's transformation into a parliamentary republic. The updated main law of the country will endow prime minister with almost all major powers, and the question who will take over this super-important post is easy to solve. Here is a hint: the man's surname starts with "S" and ends with "aakashvili".

Plain fear as well as sickly "reformer's" itch will prevent him from leaving Sakartvelo's miserable people in three years' time. Indeed, not all children in the country can quote US Independence Declaration in the original language. Not all Georgian soldiers went to friendly Afghanistan. Besides, there is a whole lot of state property to hand over to caring investors from the West. Who's the best at handling all this except for the current president?

It seems two presidential terms are not enough to implement all Mishiko's faery plans. A great goal justifies breaking the backbone of the constitution and acceptance of a heavy burden of prime ministership. And then, without resting on current achievements - why not make him an emperor?! For the time being return to monarchy is not discussed in Georgia yet. Saakashvili agreed to elegant reshuffle of powers between his present and future positions.

The way the country's political establishment will react to the president's initiative is predictable and logical like the morning sun. The opposition are roaring about the danger of authoritarianism, and representatives of the ruling party lazily retaliate with program statements on Georgia's new step toward a bright democratic future. With the current state of things by 2013 the State Chancellery, home of the country's government, will greet an old master in a new role.

Saakashvili's "mutation" might be satisfying to him and his US patrons, Alexey Makarkin, a well-known Russian expert, vice president of Center for Political Technologies thinks, - It is obvious Saakashvili won't run for the third term. It is unlikely that Washington will favor that. Americans' idea is to have a Georgian president that would build relationships with Russia: today's "zero" situation is no good to them. There are no real conditions for a political dialogue with the current president in Georgia. Still it would be extremely beneficial to the States to keep  Saakashvili in office in some other role: this will be a guarantee that Georgia's pro-American course is pursued. - Makarkin said in an interview with GeorgiaTimes correspondent.

- They want a more adequate president that, among other things, is in no way associated with the adventurist attack on South Ossetia in August 2008".

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