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Alasania craving for presidency12.07.2011 | 12:25
Irakli Alasania, a prominent Georgian oppositionist, comes up with new loud statements thinking that negotiations of the representatives of the opposition with the Russian side are useless and reiterating that it's the task of two governments. Not long ago the leader of Free Democrats called on president Mikheil Saakashvili to resign. Does Alasania plan to raise to power and restore diplomatic relations with Moscow as a representative of the ruling regime? GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed that with Manana Nachkebia, New Rights party leader.
"If I come to Moscow whom will I represent?" - Alasania asked answering the question why he does not go to the capital of Russia. - I'm not government, I was not elected. I must do my best to really change Georgia's psychological climate toward Russia and as a politician I must try and convince my compatriots that Russia is not an enemy". According to the oppositionist he must make it clear to the population of the country that normal relations with Russia are part of Georgia's national interests that will undoubtedly reflect on daily life of citizens of Sakartvelo. «My point is that we must dialogue with Russia and Russian politicians from the position of the authorities", - Ekho Moskvy quotes.
A rather bold statement, isn't it? On one hand, the experienced Georgian diplomat contradicts his oppositional colleagues that take regular trips to Moscow. On the other hand he outlines his intention to struggle for power.
Criticism of Burdzhanadze and Nogaideli that come to the capital of Russia is not completely justified here. In conditions when Moscow and Tbilisi have no diplomatic relations such contacts are a sort of bridge that connects two countries. By the way, it's quite possible these contacts will bring results soon. We wrote earlier that Kakha Kukava, leader of Free Georgia, had been to Russia to discuss prospects of return of Georgian produce to the Russian market with Gennady Onishenko, head of the Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights. As a result it was agreed to hold talks on wine and mineral water supplies to Russia on business and expert levels.
As for Irakli Alasania's presidential ambitions, he has already told about his intention to return to power. However, his previous statements were not so explicit. For instance, recently he highlighted that the West insists on Mikheil Saakashvili's resignation and fair elections that should follow. The leader of Free Democrats also remarked that Russia should not be blamed for all mortal sins - on the contrary, we should come to terms with it.
Now Alasania's speech is direct. Curiously enough, he does not call for revolutions and force to solve problems with Saakashvili's regime. "Events of May 26 demonstrated that people want real changes - but not through destabilization", - he said adding that the African scenario will not be repeated in Georgia.
What is Georgia's former UN envoy's plan? Has Irakli Alasania started preparations for 2013 presidential election? GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed that with Manana Nachkebia, leader of the New Rights oppositional party. She cooperated with Alasania as part of the group of eight parties struggling for the modification of the election code of the republic.
According to her Alasania's recent statements do not reveal his presidential ambitions. "Before the presidential election in 2013 the country will face parliamentary election", - Nachkebia remarked. - A lot will depend on their results. And the position of the party led by Alasania will show if he will run for presidency. I think it's too early to judge".
This is what our interlocutor said answering the question if the New Rights will join in Alasania's movement: there is a lot of time before the election and it will be good if six opposition parties that remain part of the alliance will unite in a bloc. "For the time being this merger is unlikely judging by their comments, but if this happens, we will favor that", - Nachkebia summed up.