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West to knock power from under Saakashvili2011-04-26 17:29
Mikheil Saakashvili's plans to remain in power after his term in office expires are likely to be broken like a hut caught in a hurricane. The most unpleasant thing for the Georgian leader is that the insuperable force will be represented by his former Western allies, some of whom strongly disagree with his intention to continue as prime minister. Apparently, the EU countries and NATO don't like the smell of the rose revolution: it's not flower scent any more.
Some time ago Mikheil Saakashvili invented a fascinating intrigue trying to solve the "2013 problem" and prolong his time in office. As a result, the constitutional reform was carried out in Georgia as the Georgian leader planned. Practically all powers were transferred to prime minister, making the role of president clearly formal - good to boast of in front of class mates or attend presentations and cut red ribbons in all kinds of candle factories and gasoline stations. The main thing for a candidate to this post is not to stand out too much or show intention to grab power levers from the PM. No doubt, Saakashvili is supposed to become next PM.
The current president of Georgia was so carried away with this plan that he did not even cover it with "collective letters" from representatives of various layers of society containing pathetic calls not to abandon the country. No, "requests of the workfolk" were unnecessary. The president's wish turned out a law for parliamentarians and the needed percentage of positive votes was easily obtained for de jure constitutional and de facto anti-constitutional reform. The United National Movement spread out a red carpet to the post of omnipotent PM of literally lifetime authority. On the whole, Mikheil Nikolayevich's sweet dream has come true.
Yet, these achievements can easily become a nightmare for Saakashvili. His desire to remain in power is naturally resented not only by political opponents, but by the president's friends from the West. Negative reaction to the Georgian leader's manipulations is easily explained. Withdrawal of the figure that so strongly discredited itself is a desirable and beneficial outcome for many players in the region. In this case a new dialogue in Caucasus can be started anew. Not only Russia and the USA need the "reset". It is vital in Moscow-Tbilisi relations.