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Last warning to Saakashvili2013-03-01 15:47
Prime Minister Ivanishvili presents the president Saakashvili with an ultimatum. Ivanishvili demands Saakashvili and his party to agree to constitutional amendments reducing the powers of the president until late March. How do the experts and analysts assess Ivanishvili's last warning? And why do the parties still fail to agree on any of the important issues?
Prime Minister of Georgia presented the president with an ultimatum in writing. Ivanishvili's letter is the last warning to Saakashvili. The demand is to support the constitutional amendment depriving the president of the right to appoint and dismiss the Cabinet members without the consent of Parliament. These amendments were to enter into force after the presidential elections, but Ivanishvili wants to do this earlier.
"The draft constitutional amendments, initiated by our coalition, will be put to the vote in late March", Ivanishvili wrote in an open letter to the president. "This will be a definitive watershed. You understand perceive my words as an ultimatum, or as a political generosity. I declare unequivocally - those who agree to the amendments, continue to serve the country, they will have the chance to continue to serve the country and fix the problems. Those who do not vote "for", takes full political responsibility for everything that had happened in the country for the past 9 years", says Ivanishvili.
Saakashvili responded not immediately: apparently, he consulted within the team. At a meeting with journalists president said again that he would agree to these changes, but in exchange he wanted the parliament to stay in Kutaisi, while the "Georgian Dream" insists to return it to Tbilisi. Saakashvili also wants to keep the direct election of the president. Mikheil Saakashvili proposed Bidzina Ivanishvili to meet, but in his words clearly had notes of sarcasm. "I am ready to meet with the Prime Minister, in my residence, or even better at his place. After the president's funding was reduced, in my residence there are few service staff, and Ivanishvili, whose funding is greater, can invite me to dinner, and we will discuss these issues in a civilized environment", Saakashvili said in an interview with reporters.
But it is unknown whether the meeting between Saakashvili and Ivanishvili takes place and when. The Prime Minister is set up very strongly, he insists on reducing the powers of the president, who, according to Saakashvili himself, has never intended to use it.