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The Georgian system of government is another matter of dispute2009-05-15 17:29
The rallies and protest actions in Tbilisi are in full swing. Despite the mutual accusations, the government and the opposition seem to be slowly driving at a compromise. In the opinion of some political experts, both the oppositional and governmental, as well as a number of independent experts, certain amendments to the Constitution at the present moment might work as a compromise, together with a possible switch to a parliamentary model of government. Anyway, words are already running high on the matter.
Leader of Alliance for Georgia Irakli Alasania said that the non-parliament opposition is currently discussing who will represent the opposition at the second meeting with the Georgian president, GHN reports. On the same day, representative of the oppositional Republican Party David Berdzenishvili in his interview to the Tbilisian Radio Svoboda stated that the "all or none" approach on the part of the opposition or authorities will not contribute to crisis management. "If Saakashvili suggests that we should talk about the electoral system, we are going to say that the essence of the problem lies in the head of the election commission. Dismissal of the current head and the appointment of an honest person with the opposition's consent is the matter of several
hours or days. Any problem in MIA will also be a matter of several hours or days. In a word, any matters relating to persons could be settled by May, 26. As to the system changes, that is, the early presidential or parliamentary elections, we are ready to discuss those issues", - he declared.
One should also notice that the switch to the parliamentary system of government is supported by leaders of many oppositional parties. The only question is when and how this model could be realized. The same day, on the 14th of May, the Georgian prime minister and the current leader of Movement for Fair Georgia Zurab Nogaideli, whose party does not take part in the rallies and actions, submitted his own plan of dragging the country out of political crisis. Its essence lies in turning the country into a parliamentary republic, which, naturally, means conducting constitutional reforms. Besides, Nogaideli has stressed the necessity of President Mikhail Saakashvili's resignation and holding election on every level by the end of 2009: presidential, parliamentary and local election, as well as the election in Adzhar Autonomous Republic. This requires changes in electoral legislation, while the vote threshold must be brought down to 2 percent.