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Opposition on way back to parliament?2009-09-11 16:39
Autumn has come. The Georgian opposition is threatening to hold new protest actions but has not yet defined the new struggle strategy. However, some of the oppositional activists may return: not to the protesters' tribunes but to the parliament. For instance, leader of the Svoboda (Freedom) party Konstantin Gamsakhurdia is consulting on the matter with the USA.
As usual, the Georgian journalists turned out to be the forerunners of the coming changes. A week ago, the Rezonansi newspaper reported the talks on the sidelines of the parliament that part of the non-parliamentary opposition will probably resume its law-making activities. They even mentioned the names of some oppositional leaders that have got their own plans for this autumn. Georgian radio station Commersant supposed that, upon returning to the parliament, the "vagabond opposition" will set up its own block. The point at issue was the union that could be joined by leader of the Mi Sami (Ourselves) party, delegate of parliament Paata Davitaya, leader of traditionalists Akakiy Asatiani and leader of the Svoboda party Konstantin Gamsakhurdia (son of the
first President of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia).
At that time, Paata Davitaya refused to give any comments upon the merging of the parliamentary and non-parliamentary opposition. Akakiy Asatiani stated diplomatically that "this was also possible". It was yesterday that the journalists' suppositions became true. Leader of the Svoboda party Konstantin Gamsakhurdia is now in the USA, where he is conducting negotiations with his Western colleagues on returning to the Georgian parliament. This was stated by the Svoboda party representative Sandro Bregadze in his talk with the GHN agency.
"Konstantin Gamsakhurdia has got scheduled meetings with the officials of the US political circles, as well as with some persons who are interested in Georgia. Decision on regaining the deputy mandate is going to be taken by Gamsakhurdia upon consulting with the US colleagues. Their opinion on the matter is very important for us", - Bregadze underlined.
Let us remind you that in 2008, many of the Georgian oppositionists gave up their deputy's mandates obtained in the course of the parliamentary elections on May 21. "We want to show an example of struggling against the anti-national regime. The United opposition will not join the parliament; it stays with its people", - said leader of the United opposition Levan Gachechiladze.