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The “Alliance for Georgia” is trying to get a head-start2009-03-03 14:59
The "Alliance for Georgia" has presented the president with another ultimatum. Which is now the third from the opposition as a whole. The young organization is threatening to organize protest actions not in April, as other opposition politicians have declared, but as early as in March. So what exactly is happening on Georgia's political stage?
"If Mikheil Saakashvili does not announce before 5th March that a referendum will be called on holding an early presidential election, then from 6th March onwards the alliance will begin a series of events demanding his resignation," a leader of the alliance and representative of the Republican party leadership, Levan Berdzenishvili, announced live on Public TV. Eight other opposition parties have announced that mass protest actions will begin by 9th April.
In his pronouncement, Levan Berdzenishvili noted that the March events would mean statements of protest that would not contravene the constitution. "This year will not only be Saakashvili's last year as president, but his last year in politics generally," the radio station "Golos Rossii" (The Voice of Russia) quoted Berdzenishvili. However, just last week the leader of the party "Georgia's Way", Salome Zurabishvili, put practically the same condition to Mr. Saakashvili. With the sole difference being that she gave a different starting date for the protest actions - 9th April.
So then, as the GHN news agency reports, representatives of the "Alliance for Georgia" have declared that they have chosen a constitutional path to bring about regime change in Georgia and that they deem it better not to get involved in any street-led protest actions. But... at the end of last week, the leader of the alliance Irakli Alasania made a working visit to Europe. As Day.az reports, Georgia's former ambassador to the UN, now acting in his new capacity as leader of an opposition movement, met the EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU's Special Representative on the South Caucasus Peter Semneby and other officials. On his return from Europe, Alasania made two unexpected initiatives: as was mentioned earlier, he gave Saakashvili another ultimatum and also, according to the newspaper VZGLYAD (The View), declared the need to refrain from aggressive policies towards Russia. So what exactly is happening on Georgia's unpredictable political battlefield? The head of the centre for strategic research, Irakli Menagarishvili, has answered questions posed by your GeorgiaTimes correspondent.