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Burjanadze is riding high again

23.05.2013  |  14:23

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Georgian "Iron Lady" Nino Burjanadze has officially announced her candidacy for the presidency of Georgia. Burjanadze twice served as acting president, but she has never held "real" presidency. Now, the former Speaker of the Parliament intends to fill this "gap" in the political career. What are the chances of the leader of "Democratic Movement?" And what do the Georgian citizens think of the former leader of the opposition?


Georgian "Iron Lady", as she was called when holding the post of the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, is aiming for the presidency again. "Again" - since Burjanadze twice served as acting president in 2003 and 2007. But Burjanadze failed to retain this position due to Mikheil Saakashvili, who won elections in 2004 and 2008.

The fact that Burjanadze is aiming at the top was clear in 2008, when due to disagreements with Mikheil Saakashvili she joined opposition. However, at the opposition "front" Burjanadze also was not really successful. She "distinguished" only with a protest on Rustaveli Avenue in May 2011, the participants of which were ruthlessly dispersed by the police and special forces. Several people were killed and dozens were injured. Burjanadze and her husband, former head of Border Guard department Badri Bitsadze, were not injured. They left the scene of action "in time," leaving their supporters at the mercy of angry cops.

Currently Burdzhanaze is again in opposition. Her party, unlike many other political forces, did not enter the coalition "Georgian Dream." Burjanadze and Ivanishvili failed to agree.

Perhaps remembering the old grudges, just few days after the nomination of presidential candidate from the "Georgian Dream" Burjanadze also announced her intention to conquer the Georgian political Olympus. Officially, she was put forward by the "National Assembly" having declared few major program abstracts of the candidate for the highest office of the state: "the restoration of justice, the achievement of civil peace, the balance between the different branches of government, protection of the reputation of the country and its state interests." Nino Burjanadze, according to the members of the "Assembly," meets all these requirements.

But, of course, it is easier to put forward a candidate than to win election, especially presidential election. For example, the Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said that the leader of the "Democratic Movement" had no chance of winning. However, the Prime Minister said same about the candidate of the "United National Movement."

"Burjanadze won't be able to provide competition to our candidate George Margvelashvili, and the same applies to the candidate of the "Nationals." By the way, I think that Burjanadze will score more votes than the candidate of the former ruling party," said Ivanishvili. Prime Minister once again promised that Georgia would hold "transparent and fair election." At the same time, Ivanishvili is convinced that his candidate will win in the first round.

However, the Prime Minister speaks of Burjanadze too optimistic, especially in the matter of her "battle" with the candidate of the United National Movement. The population of Georgia, at least the ones we have been able to interview, do not consider the chances of Nino Burjanadze too high.

"I think that Burjanadze has no chance, her rating is zero. Even the most ardent opponents of Mikheil Saakashvili will not vote for her. I even do not know people who would vote fo her," says a resident of Tbilisi Artem.

"I do not understand her political motives. I know people who, for example, will vote for Shalva Natelashvili, although there are few of them. But I cannot even remember who will vote for Burjanadze. Most likely, her friends and friends of her father Anzor Burjanadze, as well as friends of her spouse Badri Bitsadze will vote fo her. Well, maybe even friends of Nona Gaprindashvili. But it is not enough to win," said Tbilisi resident Katia.

"I like her as a politician, but I do not think that the people will support her. She is unlikely to win," says a resident of Tbilisi Nino.

But Diana, another of our respondent, believes that Burjanadze has nominated herself in order to create illusion of democratic election. "It seems to me that between Burjanadze and Ivanishvili there is some agreement on this issue," says Diana.

But there are also representatives of the electorate, who say that Burjanadze's place is not in the presidential chair, but in prison. "Burjanadze should be tried for the events of May 26, 2011, it was an effort of coup d'etat," Tbilisi resident Nicholas said in an interview to GeorgiaTimes.

The main opponents of Nino Burdazhnadze reproach her with the contacts with Vladimir Putin. However, no one knows how relations between Georgia and Russia will develop till the fall election. Perhaps Burjanadze will be able to use this for her political purposes.


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