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Opposition seeks a new leader2011-05-25 13:19
This spring can change history for Georgian opposition after long-awaited reconciliation between Nino Burdzhanadze, leader of the Democratic Movement - United Georgia and Levan Gachechiladze, one of the leaders of the Georgian Party. As expected, former defense minister Irakli Okruashvili will come to Georgia in order to overturn the current regime. Will Mishiko's former teammates succeed?
Spring is the time of opposition in Georgia. Every year the army of the discontent announces protest rallies that must lead to resignation of current president Mikheil Saakashvili. Yet, the eccentric leader is still there and plans to take PM's office in three years' time and continue governing the country thanks to the amendments to the constitution, i.e. de facto transfer of all power levers to PM, as the parliament approved.
Nonetheless, the opposition has made serious preparations for this year's righteous anger. On May 21 the streets of Tbilisi saw the arrival of People's Assembly supporters with Nino Burdzhanadze among the leaders. According to mass media, the rally was attended by nearly 5,000 people. They tried to get closer to the building of the Public Broadcaster but the police made use of batons and tear gas against the demonstrators. The next day the "law enforcement" organs of the republic continued to attack the opposition - with the help of rubber bullets this time.
This is a predictable scenario. But current opposition rallies can't be compared with what happened in the country two years ago. This time Nino Burdzhanadze managed to break through to TV and announce the start of the revolution. Besides, the ex speaker was seriously supported by the Georgian Party and personally Levan Gachechiladze. Relations of two prominent opposition figures can't be identified as simple, though last Sunday the former presidential candidate arrived at the meeting to the building of the Public Broadcaster stating he is forgetting the squabbles and kissed Burdzhanadze in public, VZGLYAD reports.
The last thing: Georgia is waiting for the arrival of former defense minister Irakli Okruashvili now living in France. He has already called the Georgian people to forget neutrality. The oppositionist informs that his decision to lose political refuge is deliberate. "After I come back to the land of Georgia, I will lose my right to return to France. This is my conscious choice, and I leave no back track for myself. I want to make it a special message for people that watch developments on TV", - one of the Georgian Party leaders highlighted.