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A new opposition party set up in Georgia2008-12-04 13:54
Georgia's ex prime minister Zurab Nogaideli comes back to big politics. He is creating his own party the name, composition, objectives and tasks of which will be known at today's press conference.
Accordingly the Georgian political space will welcome another political force opposing the government of Mikheil Saakashvili. Earlier Georgia's ex speaker of parliament Nino Burdzhanadze founded her own party too. She called it "Democratic movement - United Georgia". Ex Defense minister Irakly Okruashvili's opposition party complained about the name - it is similar to Okruashvili's movement - "For United Georgia". Nevertheless Burdzhanadze did not change the title.
Georgia's opposition is holding consultations on creating new political associations. For instance "The New Rights" openly state that they have a lot in common with the opposition republican party and will soon announce the establishment of the alliance. Probably some other political forces will be part of the alliance. It is not impossible that the new association will include the parties of Nino Burdzhanadze and Zurab Nogaideli.
The united Georgian opposition, whose ranks thinned out considerably following the elections on May 21, is planning to hold a congress of the new opposition coalition. The leaders of many parties inside the united opposition consider it quite real to cooperate with the political units created by ex officials of Saakashvili's government (that is the people that were severely criticized by the united opposition not long ago).
"It would be wrong for the opposition not to take advantage of the resources that Nino Burdzhanadze has, for example" - the leader of Georgia's Conservative party Zviad Dzidziguri states.
Georgia's opposition forces demand new parliamentary elections to be held in spring hoping that their actions will force Mikheil Saakashvili to stoop to that. The experts believe that the new opposition parties are set up exactly before the elections and for the purpose of participation in them.
The opposition explicitly accuses Saakashvili's government of initiating a knowingly losing war with Russia, of non-obtainment of the NATO applicant's MAP and non-fulfillment of the commitments to the NATO and EU which significantly slowed down the process of Euro-Atlantic integration of the country.