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Georgian opposition getting at Washington2011-02-03 21:01
It is no coincidence that Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili dwelled so much on social and economic prospects of the Caucasian republic. It looks like by his metaphoric eloquence he tried to distract the public's attention from one curious event: leader of the Our Georgia - Free Democrats oppositional party Irakly Alasania went on a visit to Washington. The politician is going to have dinner with American leader Barack Obama. Mishiko is horror-stricken: everyone knows what kind of slogans Alasania promotes among the electorate.
Before his trip, Irakly Alasania told the media in detail what he was going to do in the United States of America. In the context of the visit he will hold bilateral meetings with American Senators John McCain and Joseph Liebermann, as well as members of the U.S. Congress. The subject will be the strategic Georgian-American issues.
Today, Washington-Tbilisi relationship looks strained a bit, for Mikheil Saakashvili in advance of the coming presidential elections has lost his mind and started playing his own tune on a flute that the White House once gave him. The upcoming trip to be made by one of the oppositional leaders when the current Georgian president's position in the international arena has been shaken attracts close attention of all the interested parties.
The most frightening point for the current Georgian officials is that the Senators and Congressmen's traditional lunch will be attained by Barack Obama, which gives Irakly Alasania every chance to discuss the issues that have long been a matter of concern for the Georgian public.
After Irakly Mamiyevitch got free from the binds of the ruling party and bade farewell to the seat of Georgia's permanent representative to UN, the oppositional politician was rumoured to surely have a bright future before him. Many suppose that Alasania's quiet activity is just make-belief. While others, including parliamentarian and oppositional fractions, are waiting for Mikheil Saakashvili to start a political debate and are wasting their breath on derogatory slogans, the leader of the Free Democrats is thinking over the best way to act.
At the same time, Mr. Alasania displays obvious sympathy for both the United States and Russia. He repeated many times that cooperation for the sake of stability is the way Georgia should follow. Against the general background with Nino Burjanadze and Zurab Nogaideli who have long made friends with the Russian government and take pleasure in their trips to Moscow, feeding the American suzerain with more "pro-Russian" statements will really cut the ground from under Saakashvili's feet.