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"Georgian Dream" may split?

2013-01-23 20:51

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Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has signed a decree depriving Irakli Alasania of the post of Vice-Premier, appointed after the winning of the "Georgian Dream" in the parliamentary election. There may be a lot of reasons for this, but the main one, according to experts is the difference in the views on the institution of the presidency. The main question the public of Georgia is concerned about - whether the "demotion" of Alasania indicates that the coalition "Georgian Dream" may split?

Alasania has lost the post of the Deputy Prime Minister. Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has signed a decree by which Alasania was dismissed as Deputy Prime Minister. Relevant decree was published on the website of the government of Georgia.

Two days before the decision, on the air of the Public Television of Georgia Alasania said that recently he had had "difficult conversation" with Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. The Prime Minister was unhappy that Alasania had discussed the future presidential candidate within his party, and the matter has not been agreed with him. "I agree with the Prime Minister that the issue of candidacy for the presidential election should be coordinated with the entire coalition. The fact of such a difficult conversation between us is very unpleasant for me. However, we have agreed to continue the discussion of this issue within our coalition", said Alasania.

It's hard to suggest that the party of Irakli Alasania "Free Democrats" could discuss any other candidate besides Alasania. And Ivanishvili, prior to the October parliamentary election, repeatedly stated that Alasania could freely run the country and was able to take a high office in Georgia. However, each time Ivanishvili refrained from calling the official coalition's candidate for president.

After the election, when he became Prime Minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili changed position and several times called the MP Vakhtang Khmaladzea as possible candidate for president.

The coalition "Georgian Dream" has different positions on the state system of the country. Alasania stands for the presidential republic with broad powers of parliament. Other members of the coalition, in particular the Republican Party, stand for the parliamentary republic. "Republicans" initiate constitutional amendments, under which the president will be elected by the Parliament, not by the people of Georgia. And they are going to put this issue to the Constitutional Commission, not to submit it to a referendum, as required by Alasania.

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