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Saakashvili risks being abandoned2009-03-11 12:09
Georgian media report about two new resignations among Georgian leaders. One is an accomplished affair: Georgy Bestavashvili left the president's administration. The second is only planned by Defense Minister David Sikharulidze.
On March 9 Pirveli information agency (Georgia) reported that one of the officers with the president's administration, Georgy Bestavashvili, joined the opposition. His views turned to be close to Irakli Alasania's political team which he eventually supported. This fact was confirmed to the agency by one of "Alliance for Georgia" leaders Zurab Abashidze.
Yesterday on March 10 Georgy Bestavashvili himself came forward with the explanation of his act before the Georgian press. Before the August attack on Tskhinval the official was a member of the Mixed Control Commission for Settlement of the Georgian-Ossetian Conflict. Apparently he was against violent resolution of the problem with the status of South Ossetia. The war urged him to join the opposition, as he confessed in his interview with Alia newspaper yesterday.
"The current authorities have depleted their resources (in conflict settlement - GeorgiaTimes)", - Bestavashvili's words are quoted by VZGLYAD internet newspaper with reference to Alia. "The policy of Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has reached a deadlock", - his ex-subordinate stated.
Bestavashvili is not the first to have such ideas. There is a certain tendency when the president's ex-teammates wash their hands and hurriedly dissociate themselves from the discredited authorities. Rumors about Georgian Defense Minister David Sikharulidze's intention to resign from his position (he has occupied for a comparatively short time - since last December) are not incidental. Resonansi newspaper (Tbilisi) to which VZGLYAD refers, reports that the minister is against the pressure from the dominant pro-presidential party "United National Movement".
The newspaper also reminds that a very short time ago Vladimir Chachibaya left the post of Georgian Armed Forces United Staff Chief. Curiously the rumors on "his voluntary resignation letter" were first disproved and then his withdrawal was presented as a transfer to the position of First Deputy Defense Minister. As GeorgiaTimes has already reported the shift in the Joint Staff was associated with the intrigues of another Deputy Minister, Bacho Akhalaya, Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili's confidant. According to another version Chachibaya resigned from the position of number-one military official not wanting the army under his command to take part in dispersion of opposition protests.