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Georgia: moral obligation for amoral president2009-03-23 15:42
On March 19, Alliance for Georgia led by Irakli Alasania began the so-called public plebiscite. He chose a sound name for the event though essentially it is as useless as collection of signatures done by the United opposition.
Georgia's ex envoy to the UN and now one of the leaders of the opposition Irakli Alasania confirmed he would join protest rallies on April 9 organized by the country's numerous political forces dissatisfied with the current authorities. Earlier the Alliance for Georgia leader's point of view was limited to making Mikheil Saakashvili resign in a peaceful and constitutional way. He believed protest actions might lead to bloodshed. That is why Alasania and his supporters (New Rights and the Republican Party are part of the alliance alongside with disgraced diplomats) at first decided to make use of a plebiscite. Alasania's consent to street actions shows his political maturity over the time and reconsideration of a too "intellectual" approach. He even
emphasized: "There is information from reliable sources: the authorities will try to suppress the activists of the opposition physically".
As for the plebiscite on March 6 its initiator made a reservation: "It will be a poll confirmed by signatures and having an effect of a moral obligation". Legal force is out of question as to hold such an event legally the approval by the authorities is needed. The plebiscite organized even by several parties is no more than a public opinion poll. And if we recall that the United Opposition of Georgia is also collecting signatures for Mikheil Saakashvili's resignation Alasania's initiative looks out-of-date and out-of-place. All the more the union of ten parties has already managed to "subscribe" around 100 thousand people to their demands.
However Zurab Abashidze appointed as head of joint plebiscite staff said in his interview with GeorgiaTimes that collecting signatures his colleagues did not take into account the opinion of people who don't want changes in the government. While in the Alliance for Georgia poll form one can choose a yes/no answer to the dilemma: "Do you agree to extraordinary presidential election to be called in the nearest future?" This is how people of the country will be able to express their attitude to this idea. By March 31 first results must appear.
The poll forms will not be passed elsewhere. According to Abashidze the Alliance can hand the plebiscite results over to the president. If the country's majority backs early elections the president will be encumbered with moral responsibility", - Abashidze believes.
All these phrases about "moral obligations" and "moral responsibility" look good in university psychology or philosophy classes, they are frequently mentioned in connection with religious or family life. But in modern politics they are nonsense. Besides, what moral responsibility of Mikheil Saakashvili can be discussed after his attack on sleeping Tskhinval?
Those who really want to change power have no other option but place their stakes on mass rallies in April. Their heralds - demonstrations and marches - have already begun.