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Why does Gamsakhurdia need Saakashvili’s power?2010-10-19 20:28
There is plenty of time before presidential elections in 2013 but the potential candidates are already springing at the political horizon like mushrooms. The son of Georgia's first leader Konstantin Gamsakhurdia has stated his intention to run for presidency once again. He already declared his intention in 2007 but he never said what kind of elections he is going to stand in. And now the head of Svoboda (Freedom) oppositional party, once leaving the parliament and getting back the other time, has finally made up his mind. In such a radical way, he is going to support the new constitution, which is to become the battlefield in the struggle for the Georgian "throne".
"I'm going to make up my mind about taking part in the presidential elections by the end of the year. My final decision depends on my personal rating and the opposition's general status", - Gamsakhurdia said in 2007. At that time, he expressed his readiness to support the coalition of the oppositional forces basing on the "idea of parliamentary republic" and made the following remark: if his rating was not enough for the presidential seat he would fight for a seat in the parliament.
Having obtained a deputy's mandate in 2008, Gamsakhurdia easily gave it up, making a number of oppositionists follow him. After several protest actions, in which the Svoboda party also took part, Konstantin Zviadovithc once again decided to come back to the parliament, allegedly to investigate the circumstances of his father's death.
But that's lyrics, and the main point is why Mr. Gamsakhurdia has started speaking about his possible participation in presidential elections so early. With thea maximum rating of just 4-5 percent, such an unpopular candidate will hardly manage to oppose Saakashvili who will evidently try to take up the seat of the prime minister by appointing one of his associates as president.
Gamsakhurdia's words about his intention to support the new Constitution by his participation sound surprising as well. The non-parliamentary opposition has repeatedly stated its dissatisfaction at the main document of the state being tailored, rebuking Saakashvili of an attempt to maintain power by all means. Can the elder son of Georgia's first leader become the political puppet to play into the hands of the current party in power?
Political analyst Georgy Khutsishvili in his interview to GeorgiaTimes expressed his sureness about Gamsakhurdia being incapable of going into cahoots with the current authorities: