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Georgian opposition not caught on the hook2009-03-31 15:19
Mikheil Saakashvili regrets about the methods he used for driving Nino Burdzhanadze out of the game. Broadcasting videos about acquisition of arms could intimidate investors. This is how the president started his long-expected dialogue with opposition. But the 9 April initiators see the new approach as a baited hook.
Last week started with Democratic Movement - United Georgia thinning out and by the weekend the authorities changed their tactics. They either followed advice of wise experts who came forward with a special statement or they got scared of god's punishment following intervention of Ilia II. Surely it was not Nino Burdzhanadze's appeal to stop campaign for discrediting of political opponents that made parliamentarians and Saakashvili himself start dialogue with the opposition at least via mass media.
At first the dialogue was announced by Vice Speaker of Georgian Parliament Mikheil Machavariani . However according to his speeches the authorities are not inclined to meet people's demands and surrender their place in the sun. It was confirmed by Speaker David Bakradze who had gone to the USA in order to revive weakened contacts with the elite overseas. And he did it (apparently not without assistance of political consultants promoting Saakashvili )! Here is his victorious comment on the visit: the current US administration will continue to support Georgia, its authorities and democratization processes as well as restoration of territorial integrity.
But unlike the dominant majority the parliamentary opposition feels the wind of changes blowing. Today Christian Democrats stated they were ready to accept system changes. According to Georgy Akhvlediani, faction chairman, it is necessary to limit the authority of the president to a large extent simultaneously enhancing powers of the parliament. Considering that Georgia like a small child asks "adults" for permission in all its actions the proposals of Christian Democrats must firstly be discussed with foreign diplomats. The Conservatives and For United Georgia movement even agreed to support April 9 demands.
In the meantime Mikheil Saakashvili expressed his attitude to detentions of Nino Burdzhanadze's party members. During his Saturday trip to Abasha he stated that the video material on illegal sale of arms disseminated by the Interior Ministry frightens investors.
"Naturally talks and TV broadcasts of this kind result in the loss of jobs", - Civil.ge quoted the president. It would look as if Georgia's Interior Ministry was no more subordinate to the president acting at its own discretion in prejudice to the country's interests.