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Alasania’s new party enters the struggle for peacemaker’s laurels2009-07-17 13:17
Leader of Alliance for Georgia Irakli Alasania has long been promising to establish a party of his own. Two months passed between the declaration of this idea and its implementation. During this period, Georgia has been shaken with the protest actions and criminal and political infighting. Meanwhile, despite the repeated realignment in the oppositional camp, the opponents to the current authorities never named chose a single leader. Eventually, the ranks of more than 20 oppositional parties were joined by another one...
The party presentation was held at the fashionable Courtyard Mariott hotel. The name of the party is Our Georgia - Free Democrats. The notion of democracy is very popular in Georgia today: Nino Burjanadze's party is called Democratic Movement - United Georgia, the party of delegate Tsagreishvili bears just the name of the Democratic Party and the parliamentary minority is led by the Christian Democrats. Thus, the newly-born party also joined this democratic group.
So far, it is difficult to tell the difference between the party established by the former Georgian authorized representative to UN Irakli Alasania and the rest of the parties. Still, the very idea of its establishment did not cause any disputes. For example, according to Rosbalt, leader of the Way of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili welcomed this initiative: "I am in favour of a multi-party system in this country. A one-party system should be gone once and for all. Any new party will provide extra power to the opposition that is going to knock everything down - the government, first of all".
Shortly before the establishment of the new party, in his talk with the GeorgiaTimes correspondent, Director of Strategic Studies Center, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Irakli Menagarishvili noted: "Well, why not create a party so long as they have got a solid ideological program?" Thus, the new party of Alasania's, who has already made up a team of diplomats on his return to Georgia, is just going to variegate an already varied range of the country's oppositional forces. However, the new party's creator has got truly Napoleonic ambitions: it was him who has been recently nominated for the presidency by Alliance for Georgia, which comprises the politically important players of the non-parliament opposition: the Republican party and The New Rights, as well as the already mentioned team of diplomats.