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Alasania will possibly run for President2008-12-08 10:52
Two Georgian opposition movements: the Republican Party and the New Rights party, intend to unite in a single alliance headed by Irakli Alasania, the ex-Permanent Representative of Georgia to UN, reports RIA-Novosti, alluding to The Kommersant.gt-en-newsitem-inside
David Gamkrelidze, the leader of the New Rights party: "in nearest days our party and the Republican party will establish a united political bloc. Surely, the bloc will have one leader. We will demand early parliamentary and presidential elections. To change the present-day administration is the national interest ".
In Gamkrelidze's opinion, one of the possible candidates for presidential post from the new bloc is Irakli Alasania.
According to The Kommersant, Alasania stands a good chance to win the post. After the events in South Ossetia, he headed the list of most popular politicians of the country.
Alasania is well-connected in the USA: from 1999 to 2001 he was the Second Secretary of Georgian embassy in Washington, in summer 2006 he took the position of the Permanent Representative to the UN. As the assistant of Matthew Brise, the US Secretary of State advisor, responsible for the US Department of State policy in the Caucasus, confessed that Irakli Alasania is his personal friend. From September 2004 to March 2006 Alasania was the leader of Abkhazian government in exile, and dialoged with Sokhumi.
Sergey Shamba, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia: Alasania "one of a few Georgian politicians, whom we trust and with whom we can deal at any level of relations ".
On December, 4th Irakli Alasania announced his resignation from the position of the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN.