George Margvelashvili: Decent president instead of a sadist16.05.2013 | 15:33
Recently, the name of George Margvelashvili was not at the hearing. And the whole country is speaking about him as a candidate for the presidency of Georgia. Who is this man, and how it happened that he has become a contender for the presidency from the "Georgian Dream?"
The fact that George Margvelashvili is a clear favorite of Bidzina Ivanishvili was not a secret for anybody in Georgia. This became evident after the Minister of Education took the second public office, namely the post of the Vice-Premier. This happened despite the fact that he was really busy performing the duties of Minister of Education. When views of the Minister of Justice Thea Tsulukiani and Education Minister George Margvelashvili on the amendments to the Labor Code of Georgia diverged, Prime Minister supported the Minister of Education, despite the fact that Margvelashvili himself signed this document some time ago. And the results of a survey conducted by the U.S. National Democratic Institute, under which George Margvelashvili took 10th place in popularity among the Georgian
population, genuinely surprised Bidzina Ivanishvili.
However, George Margvelashvili's candidacy for president has caused different reactions in Georgia. On the one hand, there are those who consider him an ideal figure to rule over parliamentary Georgia. On the other hand, there are those who question his leadership abilities and experience in government agencies. There are also those who believe that the Georgians who do not obey the laws need a dictator rather than a simple ruler-intellectual since the society does not deserve him.
According to the president of the club of independent experts Soso Tsiskarishvili, despite the fact that the names of Alasania, Khmaladze and Zurabishvili as the candidates for the presidency sounded more often, the nomination of George Margvelashvili can be called quite predictable.
- It became apparent in the last two weeks that preceded the Premiere's public statement. Margvelashvili is the only man in the government who long opposed the idea to take the post.
- You mean the post of Deputy Prime Minister or the Minister of Education?
- In this case it's the same thing. I am more than confident that Margvelashvili has not performed the duties of the Deputy Prime Minister even for 5 minutes. All his time he entirely devotes to the work in the Ministry of Education.
- What do you think of Margvelashvili as a future president of Georgia?
- The very candidacy is a subject for discussion. While personally I can be completely objective towards this person. I know this young man for a long time, since my student days. And I can say the following about him: he is from an educated family, quite erudite and friendly. At the same time he is a man of hot blood. In my view, it is a positive figure capable to meet the expectations if he manages to distance himself from the "Georgian Dream" just like from the "National Movement". After watching his speeches, I can say that Margvelashvili openly expresses his position. And the most important thing that distinguishes him from Mikheil Saakashvili is his humanity. Current president is remarkable for misanthropy. So the restoration of justice in Georgia will be caused by the fact that misanthropy definitely changes into humanity.
- It was assumed that Alasania will be the candidate from the "Georgian Dream," and yet Margvelashvili has become presidential candidate. What arguments do you think have tipped the scales in favor of the Minister of Education?
- Alasania could be the best candidate for the post of president of Georgia, if not the change of the constitution. The transition to the parliamentary republic automatically made the post of president with virtual functions extremely unattractive for the ambitious young man like Alasania. And by 50 years he would have had to retire. But Mr. Margvelashvili is suitable for the parliamentary republic as no other. He is the best in team Ivanishvili. Although, his election won't be a unanimous decision of the people. I think for the first time in Georgia there will be involved institute of a second round of election due to shortfalls 50% of the vote.
The opinion of another independent expert Nika Chitadze is somewhat different, although Margvelashvili's candidacy for president of the country was not a surprise for him.
- What do you think about Margvelashvili as president?
- Well, it's much worse than Irakli Alasania or Vakhtang Khmaladze, but certainly better than the candidacies of Zourabichvili or Kakha Kaladze. Margvelashvili has not enough experience in government. And his leadership abilities are also doubtful. You know, the president, even despite the limitation of his functions by the Parliament, is a symbol of the state. He is elected by the people. And Georgia is not still a pure parliamentary republic, such as Germany, Israel or India, where the president is elected by the parliament. It is rather a semi-parliamentary, like France or Austria. Yesterday I listened to the speech of George Margvelashvili. He was asked about the plans as a president, and he said it was too early to talk about it. But in my opinion, a presidential candidate must have some plan, any idea what he is going, or at least wants to do.