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He that is with Nogaideli is against us

2010-02-18 22:45

5386.jpegOnce again the Georgian opposition is trying to unite its forces in advance of the elections. The compromise seemed to be achieved. Leader of Alliance for Georgia Irakliy Alasania gave up his personal claims of the post of Mayor of Tbilisi and decided to take part in the oppositional primaries. He even agreed to cooperate with Zurab Nogaideli's party. But all of a sudden, the former prime minister's alliance mates, the New Rights and the Republicans, definitely said "no". Is the split inevitable?


This week the scattered Georgian opposition showed tolerance towards each other and made up two groups. The first group comprises the "observers" that are not intended to support the farcical play called "the elections of the Mayor of Tbilisi", including Nino Burjanadze with her Democratic Movement - United Georgia, National Forum headed by Gubaz Sanikidze and the Laborites Party.

"We believe that the local elections are not going to change the alarming and complicated situation in the country. To save the country, one should attain the early presidential and parliamentary elections and create a free electoral environment for that", - Roman Kusiani, the spokesman of the democratic movement explained his party's position yesterday. Thus, Burjanadze's party is thoroughly getting ready for the April protest actions as it did last year.

The second part of the opposition agreed to play according to the governmental rules and compete with the candidate named by the ruling United National Movement, current Mayor of Tbilisi Givi Ugulava in the mayoral elections. However, before that, a half of the parties spoke for holding the primaries (the Conservative Party, the People's Party and Movement for Fair Georgia), while the other three parties comprising the Alliance of Georgia want to come to the elections purely to support their leader Irakliy Alasania.

Now everyone is ready to elect a single candidate. Former permanent representative to UN Irakliy Alasania has given up his personal ambitions in favor of a more popular candidate.

"Inside the alliance, we are not going to change the candidates for the post of Mayor and Chairman of Sakrebulo. We are going to presents our candidates during the consultations; however, it would be unfair and incorrect to set forth a condition that Irakliy Alasania should be the only opposition's single candidate. We are ready to agree should someone nominate a better candidate and propose a better configuration. Everything will be cleared up in the course of the consultations", - David Usupashvili, a Republican, stated at the joint press-conference with the New Rights member David Gamkrelidze.

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