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A “virtual country” does not suit the new opposition2008-11-26 09:25
The former speaker in Georgia's parliament and a former member of President Mikheil Saakashvili's team Nino Burjanadze held the Constituent Congress of her new opposition party "Democratic Movement - United Georgia" on Sunday, reports RIA Novosti citing the "Georgia-News" agency.
The Constituent Congress was timed to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the "Rose Revolution", as a result of which Eduard Shevardnadze resigned from his post as president on 23rd November 2003, and the so-called "trio" came to power in Georgia: Mikheil Saakashvili became president, Zurab Zhvania - prime minister, and Nino Burjanadze - speaker of parliament.
Zurab Zhvania died tragically three years ago, but Nino Burjanadze was head of parliament until spring this year. She took the decision not to take part in the parliamentary elections in May, but after the August events she laid the responsibility for what happened on the authorities and declared her intention to return to politics.
At the Constituent Congress of the new opposition party there were up to two thousand delegates, and some foreign service representatives who are accredited in Georgia were also present as guests. The Congress approved a founding charter, the chief council of the party, and Nino Burjanadze as its chairman. It also held a minute's silence in memory of those who perished during the August war. "23rd November is a holy and joyous day for Georgia, it is St. George's Day. But today is also a very sad day: many families in Georgia who lost relatives as a result of the August events are still trying to come to terms with their grief. And 23rd November is the day when five years ago the people took to the streets in support of a new regime which promised to restore the country's territorial integrity and form a respectable democratic society. Instead five years later society has been dealt a painful reality: we have lost a war, we have lost our land, we have had hundreds of people killed, and we are also losing trust and respect for our authorities throughout the world," Burjanadze told the participants in the Congress. In her opinion, "if we don't act now, Georgia will once again face great danger".