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Saakashvili has brought the country to nihilism2010-06-30 12:31
The Georgian opposition has been mostly referred to in the past tense as if to someone deceased. It has been "buried" during the elections at the end of May when the party in power demonstratively won over 50 percent of votes. Fewer and fewer people believe in its resurrection. One of these days, expert Mamuka Areshidze criticized the oppositional association forming around former Minister of Defense Irakliy Okruashvili for its negative program of action. GeorgiaTimes discussed the crisis in the Georgian political field with Nino Ratishvili, member of NGO Public Expertise Assembly.
Both the power and the opposition in Georgia have been winning sympathy according to the following formula: "Give the people a Dream, and they will forgive you the faults in bread and circuses".
Mikhail Saakashvili assumed presidency promising to unite the whole country, make it member of NATO and, by the way, restore the Church of Bagrat, where the president was blessed by the patriarch. It turned out, however, that by the middle of the second term all these dreams had shattered against the geopolitical reefs. Even the simple task of restoring the ancient shrine is still uncompleted, although, thanks God, the money has been recently allocated.
Several times the opposition made attempts to break through to the corridors of power on the wave of the people's rage, promising to remove the regime that had ruined the country. Then, all of a sudden, the leaders started displaying unparalleled flexibility and making compromises, so the dreams of the people who supported the protest actions got frustrated again.
The outcome is rather sad: the people are dissatisfied but the party in power still wins the elections. The oppositionists attract fierce criticism: they are said to fail to overcome their ambitions, to make agreements and to consider the people's interests.
Yakub Parusinskiy from the International Political Research Center in Kiev believes that the reason of the failure in the elections was the lack of unity among the oppositionists, and the people had just grown tired of promises and agreed to a bird in the hand.
Russian expert Sergey Markedonov advises the Georgian opposition to "introduce new ideas and new people" to achieve success. "As to the people, they have got former ministers, ambassadors and speakers. As to the ideas, they are limited to the April agenda of 1989, as has been already mentioned", - he explains.