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West finds a substitute for Saakashvili2011-03-05 17:59
Mikheil Nikolozovich's patrons from the West gradually come to understanding that their current favorite has flunked the "Center's task" to put it mildly. Georgia's ruling regime has completely discredited the ideas of "color revolutions". The country failed to become NATO's military stronghold. And there is nothing to say about fruitless attempts to lessen Russia's influence in Caucasus that Tbilisi continues. Because of failed "Saakashvili project" the West quietly starts considering substitutes for the Georgian president.
Apparently, Mikheil Saakashvili's possible transformation into prime minister that virtually guarantees his life-time governing function does not make the States and Europe happy. Many western politicians hate saying hello to the man whose hands are elbow deep in blood. Inadequacy and psychological instability of the Rose revolution leader naturally makes things only worse. There is an impression that a substitute for Mikheil Saakashvili has already been found.
The key figure of "Successor project", as Georgian mass media write, is Georgi Bokeria, current head of Georgia's National Security Council. As Kvela Siakhle weekly writes, part of the ruling party United National Movement is ready to create an association to be led by Bokeria. With support of the West the new movement is sure to win the coming parliamentary election and make a bloodless change of regime. Besides, such a scheme will definitely allow the current leadership to avoid fair punishment for committed crimes - primarily, the barbarian aggression against South Ossetia. As the saying goes, ravens do not pick ravens' eyes.
However, the West does not want to have a "one-party system" in Georgia. Georgian regime exemplifies that a totally "tamed" leader reveling in unlimited power sometimes goes over the line. According to Kvela Siakhle, European and American politicians already have a candidate for the role of Bokeria's "counter-weight". This role is assigned to leader of Our Georgia - Free Democrats leader Irakli Alasania. Georgia's former UN Envoy signals that the next parliamentary election will be his decisive attempt to return into power. That is why he is so actively dissuading the opposition to repeat the "Egyptian scenario" in Georgia. Alasania took part in a "street war" against Saakashvili and lost. Understanding there will be no second chance of climbing on top of the protest wave, the leader of Free Democrats decided go his own way. By all appearances he is rather elated by receiving Western support.
Not long ago Irakli Alasania paid a visit to the United States where he held a number of meetings with US experts and politologists. The climax of his trip was an invitation to annual "prayer breakfast" attended by the president and representatives of the higher echelons of power. This loud message from America echoed strongly in Tbilisi. Apparently, this is the reason why Alasania is among the most popular media faces in Georgia.
Two eventual favorites of the USA have already met behind closed doors. As reported, Bokeria and Alasania were discussing formation of a new electoral environment. Most probably they were also determining joint actions during coming parliamentary election. It's uncertain whether they will arrive at the election hand-in-hand. Most probably, Bokeria will try to become a leader of pro-governmental electorate simultaneously refusing to have anything to do with most odious deeds of current leaders. Alasania will play the part of "a unique oppositional candidate" trying to get the votes of all opponents to Saakashvili's regime.