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Natelashvili reveals “truth” about opposition2011-01-19 18:53
Shalva Natelashvili, leader of Georgia's Labor Party loves making loud statements usually condemning his political opponents. Yesterday, however, number one laborist of Georgia decided that it would be cheaper to throw dirt at all rivals in bulk. Without referring to exact facts he accused opposition parties of being financed by the US administration. GeorgiaTimes correspondent has tried to find out what other opposition forces think of the issue.
Shalva Natelashvili expressed his traditionally radical opinion in yesterday's interview with Asaval-Dasavali newspaper (Tbilisi).
"A number of opposition parties in Georgia get financed directly from the US embassy. Everyone knows it and if people don't take it into consideration, there will be no way out and no salvation for Georgia", - Georgia's Labor party leader announced fatefully. Only his party, Natelashvili claims, is "the only real oppositionary political force" in the country. It's a pity Shalva Natelashvili gave no arguments to support his opinion - as always.
That is why his assertions that Georgian opposition is tamed by Washington were quickly refuted by politologist Ivlian Khaindrava from the Republican Party. He advised that GeorgiaTimes correspondent ask the leader of Georgian Laborists where he takes this information from.
"I have never heard of that. Go ask the author of this statement. On the whole, I believe, Washington's role in Georgia's home affairs is overly exaggerated. There is an opinion that all interior issues are solved in Washington. This is far from the truth. What happened in 2008 was against Washington's will. Certainly, something was in preparation, I know that. So it's wrong to think that Americans dismiss and appoint presidents or play an important part in the country's political configuration, I think", - the Republican told GeorgiaTimes correspondent.
Speaking about the second part of Natelashvili's statement on "the only real oppositionary political force" Mr. Khaindrava was less critical.