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Opposition refuses to return to parliament2009-09-25 18:09
The authorities reiterate their call on the representatives of the opposition to come back to parliament after they gave up their deputy mandates. Before that the parliamentary opposition addressed their colleagues with the same petition. The New Rights have already said no. How will other oppositionists act?
Oppositional Vice Speaker Levan Vepkhadze calls on the oppositionists that abandoned their mandates to join in parliamentary activity. As he stated at a plenary session the parliament is the only place where real deeds can be done. However the non-parliamentary opposition simply ignored Vephkhadze's statement.
Recently the Georgian parliament adopted amendments to the constitution on restoration of parliamentary mandates. The constitution draft was adopted in first reading on September 11. The discussion of the issue was particularly keen. The Christian Democrats didn't vote. Deputy Joni Bagaturia, Kartuli Dasi party leader, said the presented amendments were "absolutely abnormal but politically motivated".
Earlier the parliamentary "minority" leader chairing the Christian Democratic movement Georgy Targamadze told journalists the parliamentary opposition would back the idea provided "it was part of a large agreement between the leadership and radical opposition". "In reality this is just a pretext to show Georgian leadership's generosity to the world community...", - Georgy Targamadze said doubting that the politicians who once turned down the mandates acquired upon victory in the elections would agree to take deputy seats proposed by Mikheil Saakashvili.
Georgy Targamadze's foretelling proved true. The New Rights refuse to restore their deputy mandates, as stated by Mamuka Katsidze, the party's spokesman. According to him the party is not going to work in parliament elected as a result of undemocratic elections with the imbalance of political forces, GHN reports. If truly democratic elections are held and a new parliament is elected the New Rights won't opt out.
This turn of events shows that the opposition is not foregoing the struggle against Saakashvili regime and will not compromise. It is also obvious that a new split in the opposition is teething: the New Rights are part of the Alliance for Georgia that was one of the first to answer the call of the authorities to cooperate.
Irakli Alasania, the alliance leader has already announced his intention to run as a Tbilisi mayor candidate. His party Our Georgia - Free Democrats joined the activity of the working group that since March had been working on the Election Code reform assisted by the US National Democratic Institute.