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Pre-election passages2010-03-15 21:17
Today is the start of Tbilisi Mayor pre-election campaign. In best traditions of Georgian politics even today it's absolutely impossible to tell enemies from friends. Only one thing seems to be certain: despite numerous talks, the opposition has failed to get united and present a unique candidate. Each candidate has his own position. Not all of them have their program. But accusations against each other are more than enough. No doubt, the most interesting events are there to come. In the meantime, even the exact number of voters is still unknown.
Generally speaking it was Imedi TV that launched the pre-election campaign with its notorious story about a fake war. Not many doubt that the journalists did their work for the sake of the ruling team. Besides the start of the pre-election campaign simply remained unnoticed today.
By all appearances, there will be lots of surprises with the opposition believing the election almost epoch-making as the start of mild change of power. Realizing it the authorities only tease their opponents and offer no concessions unwilling to surrender the capital to the opposition that failed to get united and has very few chances to win.
Experts don't think it impossible that the split in the ranks of opposition will be beneficial to the candidate of the ruling party - Tbilisi's current mayor Gigi Ugulava. However, even today, when the pre-election campaign was officially launched it's not quite clear how many candidates would run for mayoral position. As reported Georgian NGOs recently elected Irakli Alasania as their mayoral candidate.
Alasania used to say he was leaving the Alliance for Georgia and was holding consultations with Movement for Fair Georgia leader Zurab Nogaideli boycotted by most part of the opposition for his trips to Moscow. Then Alasania returned to the Alliance. It's not totally clear whether Levan Gachechiladze (a 2008 presidential candidate) was nominated as a mayoral candidate.
Meanwhile politologist Soso Tsiskarishvili thinks that in this situation no one will have overall support of the population. Considering this it is necessary to form duets, or trios. As the expert notes, Irakli Alasania, Levan Gachechiladze and Sozar Subari (ex Ombudsman, now a member of the Alliance for Georgia) could come forward as this kind of force and run for the positions of mayor, sakrebulo chairman and vice mayor. Tsiskarishvili considers this configuration most successful remarking that this kind of unity will have most chances to conquer the government. Still nothing is known about this kind of union yet.