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Alasania’a trump cards are deeds not slogans2008-12-09 17:20
Two leading opposition parties - the Republicans and "The New Rights" announced the creation of an alliance. It is supposed to be completed with "Movement for United Georgia" chaired by disgraced ex defense minister Irakli Okruashvili.
A would-be leader is defined too. This is ex Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN Irakli Alasania. Notice that for a long time it wasn't clear who would be able to cope with such a back-breaking task as unification of eternally isolated ranks of the opposition. Even during the presidential elections in January each of "the ranks" came forwards with its own candidate, with 6 all together.
The role of a top rebel and a consolidator was taken on by Nino Burdzhanadze who recently became the leader of "Democratic Movement - United Georgia" party. However by all appearances the opposition gets united around Irakli Alasania.
This is what David Gamkrelidze, "The New Rights" leader stated at the official signing of the agreement between the Republicans and his party: "The alliance is getting ready for cooperation with Irakli Alasania, and Nino Burdzhanadze had better renounce her presidential ambitions". He and his Republican colleague David Usupashvili set forth the main purpose of unification: to lead the country out of the most severe political, economic and military crisis.
These parties have been speaking a common language for quite a long time already. But they were not in a hurry to formalize their relations. Why? Probably because the leader issue has been the most complicated.
David Gamkrelidze has already run for the office of president in latest elections. David Usupashvili did not stand in elections that time but never gave up his ambitions.
Now it turns out that at least two of them plus Irakli Okruashvili are ready to hand in the "marshal's baton" to 36-year-old Irakli Alasania.
It is interesting that just a couple of weeks ago the same "New Rights" and Republicans negotiated consolidation with Nino Burdzhanadze's party who by the way has acted as interim president twice for five years. Following the August events it was her to challenge Saakashvili openly. Nino Anzarovna called for a reply: why was the war initiated and lost? At that time this iron lady as many call her came forward with the initiative to unite the opposition under the slogan of early presidential elections. But...
Last Friday all opposition arrangements were mixed up by president's cousin Irakli Alasania. All of a sudden he abandoned a high-level position in the civil service and immediately entered into negotiations with "The New Rights". This allowed politologists to note: Alasania is partyless. He either needs to create one or act on behalf of some other party whose ideology he shares.
How reasonable is Irakli Alasania's withdrawal to the opposition camp and how accurate is the choice of those who prefer ex Permanent Representative? Many experts are unanimous that Georgian president has never had a bitterer rival for the whole revolutionary quinquennium.
Well, let it be. But is it possible that the new and so powerful political figure will disharmonize the opposition movement whose consolidation looked quite real due to the efforts of Nino Burdzhanadze?
Politologist Ramaz Sakvarelidze thinks that Alasania and Burdzhanadze can easily come to an agreement. "They are on friendly terms. They are quite capable of uniting their efforts in struggle against the regime" - he believes.