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Georgian opposition signed a charter of obligations2009-06-03 15:59
Georgian non-parliamentary opposition signed the charter of obligations it promises to comply with after the main objective - President Saakashvili's resignation - is reached.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The ceremony was held today near the Supreme court; the text read aloud by Eka Beselia, For United Georgia leader, one of the charter initiators.
The opposition parties which signed the document promise to provide independent and just elections and justice; public control over defense, security and law enforcement structures; mass media independency; no political persecution; balance of the branches of power, as well as in the foreign policy and economy; inviolability of property.
"In a complicated and a most acute political situation the Georgian society and political parties face a historical choice: will they be able to overcome hardships and establish a just democratic state or the today's confrontation will only strengthen autocracy and will postpone formation of democratic state of the European type for many years," the document states.
In the charter the government of Georgia is described as corrupted and antidemocratic; the justice system - as biased and directed against the people. According to the document, racket and violence reign the country, there is no freedom of speech and mass media, foreign policy is irrational and dangerous.
The charter was signed by practically all parties, participating in protest actions, except for the Laborites, and Freedom party. For Just Georgia movement [headed by Zurab Nogaideli] members also refused to join.