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Alasania’s team is turning into a party

28.05.2009  |  23:42

2873.jpeg Two dozens of the Georgian parties may be joined by another one, which is going to be founded soon by leader of the oppositional Alliance for Georgia Irakli Alasania. GeorgiaTimes tried to find out from the experts whether it will change the political balance.

The former Georgian Ambassador Irakli Alasania has stated that now it is time to found a party that has long been announced. "This in no way contradicts the existing oppositional balance. The new party will join the alliance", - he underlined. However, the politician mentioned neither the names of those who may be listed in the new party, nor its ideological platform.


At the moment, Alliance for Georgia comprises The New Rights, The Republican Party and the so-called Alasania's Team.

According to Director of Strategic Investigation Center Irakli Menagarishvili, there is nothing astonishing about the supporters of the former diplomat consolidating and organizing a party. "Why not establish a party if having a solid ideological program in place", - he said in his interview to GeorgiaTimes. When asked if there is any chance to suggest a different program in the context of the current diversity of the parties and movements in Georgia, Menagarishvili answered: "None of the post-Soviet states has completed the process of forming the democratic system, that is why the existence of parties with similar programs appears to be quite normal as one of the democratic aspects".

At the moment, Georgia is lacking new ideas, Deputy Director of the Russian CIS Countries Institute Vladimir Zharikhin is sure, that is why "an arithmetic approach" to the Georgian parties is out of place. "If Irakli Alasania manages to develop a truly new program, keeping away from the other politicians' style of government it would be primarily beneficial to the oppositional powers", - the expert said in his interview to GeorgiaTimes.

As explained by Zharikhin, the whole of the opposition is promoting the single statement: "Mikhail Saakashvili is carrying on the right domestic and foreign policy but he does it in a wrong way. We are going to come to power and do everything well". Such approach to the problem is the main soft spot of the president's opponents. Alasania should think of a totally new program that will drastically differ from the one offered by Saakashvili today.

It goes without saying that the new proposals made by the opposition could lead the political process in the country out of the dead end where it had found itself after a month and a half of the protest actions and due to the oppositional majority's refusal to any dialogue with the authorities. Unlike them, Alasania stands for the start of cooperation with the government at least upon those issues that Mikhail Saakashvili is ready to negotiate. Some of the experts think that the former Georgian representative in UN may afford a diplomatic compromise for he has by no means damaged his own reputation during the actions, while MIA and the special services have collected enough damaging information about the other parties' leaders. They are going to be repressed in case the struggle for Saakashvili's resignation is ceased.

Alasania himself is trying to hold his ground, keeping to the principles of his supporters. The day before the Independence Day parade he promised that the opposition is going to become more active, increasing its pressure upon the government. "The 26th of May is a crucial day showing solidarity between the opposition and the people; it is an important step in political struggle. Since that day we are going to involve all the resources available to the opposition", - Novosti-Armenia is quoting him. Anyway, it has already become clear that the principal resource, the people's protest moods, is being exhausted so far as the public has merely grown tired of the chaos.

Alasania has also mentioned negotiations that will be held with the international community and, probably, with the government simultaneously with the protest actions. "This time the dialogue is possible only in case the Georgian government satisfies at least several demands made earlier by the opposition. The first time we agreed to negotiations without any preconditions; now we want the authorities to confirm their readiness to conduct a true dialogue", - the leader explained.

Let us remind you that two weeks ago Saakashvili met with the leaders of non-parliament opposition but no compromise has been found. Each of the sides remained of the same mind. However, the parliamentary opposition took the advantage of the president's approval of reviewing the Constitution in order to turn Georgia into a parliamentary republic by reducing the rights of the head of state. The deputies have almost started to form a commission for constitutional amendments. It will possibly be headed by a constitutional law expert Avtandil Demetrashvili, Rosbalt informs. According to preliminary information, the work on the new edition of the Constitution is going to be completed by the end of the year; then, it will be presented to the Georgians at the all-people's referendum.


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