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Irakli Alasania to introduce his political team2009-02-16 12:15
Irakli Alasania will introduce his political union this evening in the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Tbilisi.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The members of the team were not named but, according to Imedi (Georgian TV company) it may include a number of ex-diplomats, among them: Zurab Abashidze, the ex-ambassador of Georgia to Russia, Victor Dolidze, the ex-ambassador of Georgia to OSCE, Levan Mikeladze, the ex-ambassador of Georgia to Switzerland.
It's worthy noticing that Mikeladze submitted resignation right after the events of November 7th 2007, and a number of mass media called these events a motive of his resignation.
Zurab Abashidze occupied the position of the ambassador of Georgia to Russia before the "Rose Revolution", after which was resigned. End December 2008, in the course of another reshuffle of the government, he was proposed the post of the minister of Culture, but he said he would like to continue diplomatic career and refused.
Victor Dolidze resigned a few days ago but named no reasons of such decision. He promised to announce them on his return to Tbilisi.
Irakli Alasania, the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN, resigned on December 4th 2008. The next day sudden changes in the government took place. Grigol Mgaloblishvili, the then PM, dismissed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eka Tkeshelashvili and named the Minister her ex-Deputy, the then Minister of Culture, Grigol Vashadze, the Foreign Minister. At the same briefing Grigol Vashadze started that he dismisses all the ambassadors of Georgia without any exceptions. Opposition claimed that this statement and these changes an unprecedented event and connected it with Alasania's resignation.
Later Alasania returned to Tbilisi, announced his discords with Saakashvili's government and criticized its course, especially in regard of the August war.
For some time Alasania was conducting negotiations with representatives of different opposition forces of Georgia. Some messages claimed of his cooperation with the alliance of the New Rights party and the Republican party and even suggested that he may become the leader of the alliance.
Alasania himself stated that he would not establish a new political party, as there is many various parties and movements, but confirmed his intention to cooperate with a part of opposition.