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Opposition’s crouch start2011-08-19 21:09
Though the exact date of 2012 parliamentary election has not been announced yet, a number of Georgian oppositionists have already started agitating local population. Irakli Alasania, leader of Free Demcrats, for instance, is visiting regions to discuss current problems with people. In autumn Georgia's former UN envoy promises to hold protest rallies. Will this crouch start help Alasania shape a sound army of voters?
Elections to Georgia's supreme legislative body are approaching and a serious fight for votes is near at hand. As it was expected, the experienced diplomat, now the leader of Free Democrats opposition party would be the first to start campaigning. Why was it expected? The point is that since early summer Alasania has been actively communicating with the press and, basically, polemizing with Saakashvili's regime.
Rejecting proposals made by the dominant party National Movement at the time of negotiations with eight opposition parties on modification of the electoral code, Alasania clearly outlined his intent not to accept any sort of compromise from the authorities. In his interview in June the oppositionist came down with severe criticism of the president and his government emphasizing that the West insists that Saakashvili leave as a result of fair elections. Irakli stated also that Georgia's current authorities have no resource to restore trust of Abkhazians and Ossetians, since the policies of the current regime only take the population of these two republics further away, and antagonistic relationships with Russia also postpone Georgia's integration into European structures.
Nearly one month ago Alasania made an even more explicit statement promising to do his best to change Georgia's psychological climate toward Russia and, as a politician, explain to his nationals that the northern neighbor is not an enemy. "I must explain to the population of the country that normal relations with Russia are part of Georgia's national interests that will surely reflect on people's daily life", - he added.