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“Wheel alignment” of Saakashvili’s opponents2010-11-11 18:57
Yesterday in the Free Democrats party's office eight oppositional leaders and their supporters discussed the issue of including international organizations into negotiations between the government and the opposition as to the electoral environment improvement. Luis Navarro from NDI, Andreas Scerps from IRI and Head of International Electoral Systems Foundation Mermain Nisich accepted the invitation. However, not all the opponents of today's Georgian government believe that amending legislation will save the country from Mikheil Saakashvili's dictatorship and change the power balance.
Among the oppositional parties planning to consult the authorities as to changing the electoral environment are The New Rights, Christian-Democratic Movement, Free Democrats, National Forum, Way of Georgia, The People's Party, Conservative Party and Republican Party. For instance, David Bakradze has already met with Irakly Alasania and Levan Vephvadze. Alasania stressed that the international observers' task is to increase the elections transparency.
So far, such format of a dialogue implies only the role of inspectors for representatives of NDI, IRI and International Electoral Systems Foundation. It's not quite clear, then, how they will help Georgia in preventing the word "democracy" from being the president's favourite expression and in transforming it at last into political practice.
Is there coming the consolidation of the oppositional forces that will promote the current government's position and will castle the seats in parliament at the pending elections? Political expert, president of the Georgian Diplomatic Academy believes that the absence of the second "wing" in negotiations speaks of a new split between Mikheil Saakashvili's political opponents.