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Away with unemployment in the ranks of the Georgian opposition!2009-06-23 10:36
At the end of last week, having this slogan in mind, the president of the country suggested that the oppositional leaders should return to their deputy posts that they had rejected in spring 2008; however, the opposition laughed at Mikhail Saakashvili's new initiative.
Whatever the prevailing authorities say about the protest actions being sponsored from abroad, the oppositional leaders are representing the views of a large part of society. This fact was recognized by Mikhail Saakashvili in his on-air speech in the Position program broadcasted by Rustavi-2 TV-channel. He promised his opponents to give back their deputy mandates that had been rejected in May 2008. That was the first time that the leaders of some parties refused to stay in Parliament, having pointed at the fact of frame-up during the parliamentary election.
"Those people were elected by a significant part of society; that is about 20 mandates. Despite the difference in our political views I feel respect for them, - Saakashvili told the TV audience. - Should they wish, they may return to the parliament for it is the best platform for a dialogue". According to him, "if it happens, all of the public powers will be represented in parliament".
The president even made up his mind to infringe the law by taking away the mandates from the deputies that replaced those who had refused the post. "Despite the fact that it is not stipulated by the law we will be able to change it, so that the deputies elected last year will return to the parliament despite the fact that they have torn their mandates. There are the election protocols that allow taking a decision", - Saakashvili suggested without a moment's hesitation. Now, is it this unconventional manner of treating a legislative act that makes the dictatorial regime different from the democratic one, in the opinion of the president? As he said in the same on-air interview, "democracy is a long-term process; one should have much patience while building a democratic state".
The opposition that does not want to build a future "a la Europe" might regret it. "The sooner they join the dialogue the better, for these doors will not be open forever", - head of the state has warned. He suggested cooperation not only at the public meetings: "We all know each other well; we have got each other's phone numbers and may always keep in contact".
Those politicians that are spending their zeal and eloquence at the meetings and in street infighting have got a chance to do a lot of good for their homeland. As Mikhail Saakashvili reminded, the authorities are ready to amend the Electoral code with the participation of the opposition and develop relevant amendments to the Constitution.