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Will Irakli Alasania join the opposition?2008-12-08 14:02
President's ex teammates are shattering his throne still stronger each day. Many of them openly oppose the current governance. Ex defense minister Irakli Okruashvili, ex speaker Nino Burdzhanadze, ex prime minister Zurab Nogaideli... And now the Georgian mass media are discussing Saakashvili's cousin, Georgia's envoy to the UN, Irakli Alasania, 35, who has given notice of resignation from the political service.
The authorities have not given official confirmation of the fact. But it looks like assumptions that Alasania will become Saakashvili's main rival to the presidential seat are proving true. Some experts have explicitly stated the following in conversations with Georgiatimes reporter: "Alasania's withdrawal from civil service is a sign. That means he is against Saakashvili's policy".
According to Alasania himself he wrote a letter of resignation as early as on Thursday informing the already former head of Georgia's Foreign Ministry Ekaterina Tkeshelashvili of his decision. As Alasania stated in his telephone interview with "Kavkasia" TV company he had taken a decision on resignation a long time before but had had to wait for a favorable period in order not to damage Georgia's interests. "We had a number of important sessions and meetings to hold including the NATO ministerial so then my withdrawal would be undue", - Alasania noted.
As he says he is going back to Tbilisi one of these days and will give a more detailed explanation of the motives and reasons of his decision to the public. Alasania was silent about his further plans.
However indirect information on the politician's intentions has managed to reach the press. One of the leaders of "The New Rights", Pikria Chikhradze stated to GHN that the party had had consultations with Alasania on future partnership...
Some time ago Georgia's ex ambassador to Russia Erosy Kitsmarishvili confessed: "Irakli Alasania supported my position regarding the peacekeeping process in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He did not consider foreign policy and relations with Russia from Georgia's leaders' point of view".