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Saakashvili turns into a zombie2011-06-09 20:32
Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili that reshaped the country's Constitution to suit him openly declares his intention to stay in office upon expiration of his presidential powers. In the past Mishiko used to speak in well-rounded words. Now, however, he states that he will "not vanish" within the next two years. Why is the leader of Sakartvelo so self-confident?
"If I had announced officially about my departure a year ago or now, nothing would have been accomplished in the country, - he said referring to disputable reforms in the republic. - Until democracy is institutionalized here, it's wrong to say that a personality means nothing. But I will be honest with you: the 2013 problem is not discussed even in my inner circle.
Indeed, why should obvious things be discussed? Controlling a puppet parliament almost totally composed of dominant National Movement deputies and ready to approve any draft law, Saakashvili can be quite confident about his future. According to the amendments of the country's constitution, all power levers will be taken over by PM. No doubt that Mishiko will obtain a "required" number of votes in parliament.
Kakha Kukava, one of the leaders of the Conservative party once fairly remarked that discussion of the constitution of Georgia had better be called intra-party consultations for the document reflects interests of one political force only. Vahtang Hmaladze, a member of the Republican party, was right too saying that the new constitution is adjusted to accommodate the ruling regime and sets up a "super-PM republic". "If our current constitution is superpresidential with all power concentrated in the hands of the president, a new constitutional norm grants leadership to prime minister: neither president nor parliament will have levers to put pressure on him", - he remarked.
Still, it is still necessary to create visibility of democracy the Georgian leader loves to think of. In his recent interview he says that Sakartvelo has "many real political leaders". Then, answering the question about his prospects as prime minister he adds: "I will not vanish after 2012".
Thus, the time when Mishiko will have to vacate the presidential seat, his words about the future sound still more downright. A year ago Saakashvili told that his new profession is the last thing on his mind. "I have serious plans for the future, but now I am more focused on 2013 and less concentrated on what will happen after 2013", - he assured.