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Alasania draws a line2009-06-16 13:36
Leader of the opposition Irakli Alasania has invented the name for his future party which has been trying to come into being for several months already. Our Georgia - Free Democrats will differ from the non-compromising oppositionists by its readiness for a dialogue with the authorities right now, before the demand of an early presidential election is met. Is it an order from Washington?
Today, leader of Alliance for Georgia Irakli Alasania has left for Washington. He has been sent there together with the head of Democratic Movement - United Georgia Nino Burjanadze and leader of the United opposition Levan Gachechiladze. However, today Gachechiladze and Burjanadze are busy with the problems of the militant demonstrators, while Alasania is already across the water.
Before his departure, Irakli Mamievitch has strongly criticized the episode of the oppositionists attacking the car of Speaker of Parliament David Bakradze, as well as their verbal and physical assaulting the legislative body delegates. "Of course, everyone has the right to express his peaceful protest to the legislative body, or any other state institution; still, the incident that happened cannot in any way be approved of. Such episodes are never to repeat. Physical or verbal assault is inadmissible", - Rosbalt is quoting Alasania.
The statement of the Alliance for Georgia leader came in line with the observations of the Western diplomats but it went against the opinions of other oppositional leaders. As it turned out, Alasania is no longer intended to conceal that "he is quite a different stamp" and that he is not going to continue the meaningless disobedience campaign.
To dissociate himself from the non-parliament rebels, the former UN permanent representative has long been intending to establish his own party. So far, his associates are referred to as "Alasania's team". Since the very beginning the team looked like a "weak link". Irakli Mamievitch was the first to agree to a dialogue with the authorities. The diplomat constantly tried to talk the rest of the oppositionists out of the most radical actions, such as television picketing, or railway tracks blocking.
The voice of the non-party leader of Alliance for Georgia, which also includes The New Rights and the Republican Party, often sank in the crowd. At some moment, even Saakashvili realized that it is more important to build a dialogue not with someone who seems to be the new USA's messenger to Georgia but with Levan Gachechiladze who has got real political heft. The meeting of President Saakashvili and citizen Gachechiladze did not do Georgia any good; however, it pushed Irakli Alasania towards his new party's "birthday".