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Ebralidze’s wearing-out strategy in chase of presidential seat2011-04-01 21:01
Russian businessman of the Georgian origin Alexander Ebralidze, an avid critic of the current President Mikhail Saakashvili, refused to take part in the upcoming presidential elections. His opinion, however, is valued in Sakartvelo: he is one of the most successful representatives of the Georgian expatriate community in Russia. The businessman never concealed his desire to take the seat of the current head of state as quick as possible. The point is that he cannot run in the elections according to the republic's legislation, while Ebralidze, unlike Saakashvili, agrees to obey to letter of the law, even in an unfair way.
Recently, Alexander Ebralidze reconfirmed the intention of his movement, the Georgian Peoples' World Congress, to come to power in the republic. The organization even helped develop a special plan on saving the Georgian economy. It is aimed at getting Georgia out of the pit where Saakashvili's regime has thrown it. According to the businessman, he and his associates are ready to invest about three billion dollars of their own in the state's economic development. "Each Georgian must have a job and a home; he must have access to free basic medical care and free basic education; he needs to believe in his future and should do some creative work instead of tacking between the interests of various personalities and the state", - Ebralidze underlined.
However, Tbilisi officials are sure that Georgia is in no need of money. The current government of the republic does everything possible to remove Alexander Ebralidze's name from the local media. If it is mentioned in the news it should sound negatively. There are constant attempts to stick a label of a "bandit with a bagful of money" to the businessman's image. The accusations reveal nothing but the Georgian authorities' fear of a man constituting a real threat to Saakashvili's regime, especially that Ebralidze never concealed that he had been held criminally liable twice in Soviet times. Now his records of conviction have been closed and present no interest to the Georgian law-enforcement authorities or the press.
The main obstacle preventing Ebralidze from entering the political stage is the absence of Georgian citizenship. Judging by the recent statements made by one of the Free Georgia movement leaders Kakha Kukava, the head of the Georgian Peoples' World Congress is ready to wait for his chance to serve his people. A representative of the Georgian opposition reminded that there is a ten-year residential qualification in the republic for the potential candidates for presidency.