Opposition trying to set up a united front13.10.2009 | 15:17
It is well understood in Georgia that the oppositional movement failed because of the lack of unity. The authorities' opponents are calling upon their supporters to unite their efforts. Will they succeed this time? So far, the majority of the oppositional leaders are unable to choose between Alasania and Burjanadze.
Despite the long-drawn political lull, the Georgian opposition decided to mobilize. Last week, leader of Democratic Movement - United Georgia Nino Burjanadze proposed to other oppositional forces to consolidate into a Democratic front. The purpose is the same, that is, to make Mikhail Saakashvili resign.
However, as is known, almost every citizen of Georgia, not to mention an oppositional leader, believes that he can become president. That is the reason why the leaders of the numerous parties and alliances criticizing the government take their time to get consolidated even now.
So far, Burjanadze's proposition has been supported only by former Minister of Defense Irakliy Okruashvili from Paris. The sources in the opposition that revealed the information stressed the fact that the consultations on the matter are going to be completed in the nearest days, VZGLYAD reports.
"Any negotiations with Mikhail Saakashvili are senseless; it is necessary to attain early presidential elections", - the opposition says. At the same time, it is no secret that part of the Georgian oppositional range is holding active consultations with the government.
The most active position here is occupied by leader of Alliance for Georgia Irakliy Alasania. His party joined the "work group" which has been preparing the Election Code reform with the support of the US National Democratic Institute since March. Irakliy Alasania intends to run for the post of Mayor of Tbilisi.
It is notable that Alliance for Georgia also holds consultations as to the future cooperation with a number of parties. It turns out that at present, unification process is concentrated around the two leaders, Alasania and Burjanadze. The latter maintains radical attitude and does not agree to a dialogue with the government on either of the matters.
Let us remind you that before the spring protest actions, the Georgian experts were reckoning upon those two political leaders. These two candidates are actually considered as an alternative to the current president.
However, there seems to be no open confrontation between them. Recently, Irakliy Alasania's party Our Georgia - Free Democrats wished success to Okruashvili and Burjanadze's political alliance. Besides, Nino Anzorovna herself never voiced any criticism against Alasania.
Meanwhile, the pro-governmental Georgian media have already reported that Burjanadze is gathering people against Saakashvili and Alasania.
In the opinion of the Georgian analysts, the US support Alasania, while Europe supports Burjanadze. However, Alasania has got no political experience. At the same time, Washington started suspecting Burjanadze of "lurching" towards Russia. Thus, the over-the-water politicians are so far keeping from any radical changes.
A lot of things will depend on whether someone will be able to unite the opposition. According to the Georgian media, three more parties may support Burjanadze's initiative of setting up the Democratic front: The People's Party (Koba Davitashvili), Way of Georgia (Salome Zurabishvili) and Conservative Party (Kukava - Dzidziguri).
"In any case, we will not see the mentioned parties in Irakliy Alasania'a alliance", - the Pirveli agency is referring to the sources in the opposition that wished to remain unnamed. It is difficult to say whether Alliance for Georgia is going to be joined by other parties, though it was on this union that former ombudsman Sozar Subari decided not so long ago.
The strategy of another active oppositional leader Levan Gachechiladze is not clear enough; he has already run for presidency in 2008. Public movement "Defend Georgia" led by him is so far withholding any comments as to the possible alliances with other parties.
At present, Burjanadze and Alasania will have to win the favor of former Minister of Foreign Affairs Salome Zurabishvili, leader of Way of Georgia. According to political expert Soso Tsiskarishvili, it is difficult to anticipate Zurabishvili's future plans, for it is not so easy "to guess the preferences of the lady who can give up neither of the parties: neither Alasania, nor Burjanadze.
When in power, Zurabishvili and Burjanadze used to be rivals. It is rumored that Mikhail Nikolaevitch dismissed Zurabishvili on the insistence of Burjanadze. It was only in spring, during the mass protest actions, that the two oppositionists came to an understanding with each other. Thus, the Georgian media suppose that Zurabishvili will decide on the Alliance.