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A certain President of Georgia

2013-05-13 13:36

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Disputes and all kinds of rumors about the presidential candidate from the coalition "Georgian Dream" ended with the appearance of a "person from nowhere." Coalition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili has named the Minister of Education and First Deputy Prime Minister George Margvelashvili as a candidate for the presidency. The Prime Minister and the leader of the coalition announced this at a press conference.


"This decision is the decision of the coalition," said Ivanishvili. "We have a common position, and all have supported the candidacy of George Margvelavili. He has all the qualities to be a good president. I think he is good and, I may say, even perfect option," the Prime Minister said at a press conference. Ivanishvili named the coalition's candidate "a good analyst and an expert who has the political experience and skills of manager."

George Margvelashvili was born in 1969. His specialty is philosopher. Before coming to power of the "Georgian Dream" he mainly worked in the non-governmental sector. Some time later, after Ivanishvili appointed him Minister of Education, Margvelashvili became the First Deputy Prime Minister instead of Alasania who lost the post after a dispute with the Prime Minister. By the way, the reason of the conflict were Alasania's own ambitions - he also wanted to take the presidency.

In addition to Margvelashvili, the coalition discussed the candidacies of Vakhtang Khmaladze, Zourabichvili, Kakha Kaladze and Alasania.

However, Ivanishvili solved the problem by himself: the decision fell on the candidate not belonging to any political force which is part of the coalition.

Margvelashvili himself believes that he now bears a big responsibility and says he will do everything to ensure that the people of Georgia supported this decision.

But the main opponents of Ivanishvili - representatives of the "Unified National Movement" call the candidacy of Margvelashvili "personal whim" of the Prime Minister.

"As for the administrative experience, political experience, other members of the coalition better meet these requirements," the MP from the UNM David Darchiashvili said in an interview to the BigCaucasus.

- I do not know if Ivanishvili is fascinated by philosophical statements of Margvelashvili or his talks about a "special role of Russia," but it seems to me that the political council of the coalition took no part in the discussion of the candidacy of Margvelashvili, and the Prime Minister made this decision independently. In my opinion, Ivanishvili has put forward a presidential candidate who is to be completely dependent on him, and in the case of nominating Alasania there would not be absolute dependence which is unacceptable to the Prime Minister," said David Darchiashvili, one of the companions of Mikheil Saakashvili, who is afraid of strengthening of Moscow's influence on the situation in Tbilisi.

Experts point out that despite the reduction of presidential powers under the new constitution of Georgia, in the case of crisis the president gets sufficiently serious powers to be able to maintain political intrigue. And George Margvelashvili in this sense, a figure under control of the Prime Minister, has no charisma of an independent political figure. "For me, the nomination of Margvelashvili is not a surprise," political expert Soso Tsiskarivshili said in an interview with our edition.

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