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Opposition to change configuration2010-06-18 14:19
Opposition blocs of Georgia survived only a fortnight after the defeat at local election in Georgia. Yesterday the Alliance declared break-up, today it's the National Council. Without wasting time the opponents to the ruling party have started talks on unification in a new configuration.
Georgian opposition takes a new consolidation attempt in struggle against president Mikheil Saakashvili's regime. This time Irakli Okruashvili, ex defense minister who found political asylum in Austria, is the center of a new union. He is officially persecuted for corruption though the authorities consider him dangerous for being able to denounce current Georgian government for preparations for the war in South Ossetia long before August 2008.
Okruashvili's For United Georgia movement stood aside at recent mayoral and sakrebulo chair elections. The leader himself threatened to come personally at the time of opposition protest rallies. His influence on the Georgian society is great - he could become a new revolution leader. However, the right time for his triumph is not here yet.
Yesterday ex PM Zurab Nogaideli, Movement for Fair Georgia leader, Levan Gachechiladze, Defend Georgia movement leader and Erosi Kitsmarishvili, ex Georgia's ambassador to Russia held consultations with Okruashvili in Munich. Kitsmarishvili now manages pro-opposition Maestro TV having positive experience of running a media resource that brought a new regime to the country. Rustavi-2, he was then managing, took Mikheil Saakashvili to the top during the Rose Revolution. Maestro, a cable TV channel that recently became a satellite broadcaster, has been given a similar chance.
However presently no one can actually name a presidential candidate from the opposition. Last spring ex UN envoy Irakli Alasania was considered a potential candidate though he displayed himself as a hesitating politician at the time of his election campaign. His own party Our Georgia-Free Democrats has never become a serious force and the Alliance for Georgia, his party was part of, has failed to merge with another political bloc - National Council led by Zurab Nogaideli.
As a result both alliances appointed their candidates for local election splitting pro-opposition votes between them and eventually breaking up after the defeat. Kakha Kukhava representing the Conservative Party in the National Council explained that the bloc had been created only for the period of election campaign and its dissolution does not come as a surprise.