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Opposition risks losing Tbilisi2009-10-06 16:33
The Georgian opposition meets the autumn all split up. Many parties are preoccupied with the coming municipal elections. Alliance for Georgia leader Irakli Alasania that started cooperation with the authorities on many issues declares his intention to run as a mayoral candidate. But... The opposition might get nothing of the municipal rule. The ruling authorities backtrack. National Movement members say they don't entirely understand the idea of direct mayoral elections in all cities.
There is a split in the ranks of opposition this autumn: some of them threaten new protest actions, others are preparing for municipal elections. According to the experts this lack of unanimity leaves no chances for success on all directions.
The prospects of the so-called moderate opposition that stakes on municipal elections are quite illusory too as results from the recent statement by the ruling majority.
At first it has to be remembered: in early September Alliance for Georgia, an influential political association, split away from the radicals staking on municipal elections 2010.
At the end of September Alliance leader Irakli Alasania announced his intention to run as a mayoral candidate in Tbilisi. It was decided to nominate ex ombudsman Sozar Subari who joined Our Georgia - Free Democrats upon expiration of his commission as the head of Sakrebulo (city council). "We claim to be the political center that might gain power through local elections", - Subari stated recently.
Apparently the opposition that tries to look like an alternative to the current regime has different ambitions. After all Saakashvili himself was Sakrebulo chairman before his presidency.
A short time ago Alasania stated he agreed to the primaries for a single mayoral candidate from the opposition in Tbilisi. It will be remembered that earlier the Conservative party suggested holding a "primary election" and nominating the opposition leader, but the idea was not supported then.
Now in his interview with Kviris Palitra Alasania says: "We consider the idea of primaries right and we favor it". He noted that for his political team the victory in Tbilisi mayor's election and Sakrebulo chairmanship would be crucial. "Our slogan is: winning in Tbilisi - to win in Georgia", - Alasania remarked.
However the ruling majority cops out. There is a possibility the elections the opposition is preparing for will not be held.