‘EARLY PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS NOT EXCLUDED’
07 February, 2013
‘EARLY PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS NOT EXCLUDED’
We began our conversation with Davit Bakradze, Minority leader with the declaration of Vano Merabishvili, General Secretary of ‘National Movement’ that made some analysts anxious because they saw in Merabishvili’s words the intention of power-change not through elections.
Q. – When Merabishvili declares that coming to power doesn’t necessarily mean holding of parliamentary elections, how should we understand it?
A. – When it comes to returning to powers, it can only be done through elections. Merabishvili did not question this,
he meant the term – four years or earlier. Earlier we have local and Presidential elections. Theoretically, early parliamentary elections are not excluded either. In case, the processes in the country lead to disorder, and decline of state institutions, which will ruin the economy; political processes may develop faster. We don’t consider unlawful or unconstitutional ways.
Q. – ‘National Movement’ is anxious about the change of foreign vector but Ivanishvili’s team declares that its pro-Western course is irreversible.
A. – We don’t understand the authorities’ confrontational and hysterical reaction on the Minority’s suggestion to record our position regarding the foreign course in the Constitution. For instance, in Lithuanian Constitution it is written that the country shouldn’t be a member of post-Soviet alliance.
Q. – The authorities declare that the opposition revived the CIS issue without any basis; it was said that they didn’t even think about returning to CIS.
A. – I loath to think that the authorities will change or sell the European course but there are many controversial declarations on the part of the coalition; for this reason we are suggesting the initiative that will close that issue.
Q. – When the Prosecutor’s office unearths materials on the crimes committed by concrete persons who used to hold certain posts, should the Office abstain from suing them in order to avoid some people view it as a persecution?
A. – Crime must be investigated and the culprit – punished, but when they say that the Mayor of Tbilisi is to be arrested because he employed people and gave them salaries, it’s such an absurd accusation that it leaves many question marks.
Q. – Doesn’t it leave question marks when more than 700 people were employed in the department of public relations at the waste collection service?
A. – Is it a crime if the Mayor employed more people than needed? I’ll remind you the well known strategy to which the USA President Roosevelt resorted during the economic depression. He gave one man a job to dig a hole and entrusted another to fill the hole with the earth, giving salaries to both of them. Thanks to that strategy with the help of budgetary sums he created jobs during the depression.
Q. – But Gigi Ugulava employed not ordinary citizens but coordinators of ‘National Movement’.
A. – This kind of judgment is transposed into the category when employees are divided into supporters and not-supporters of ‘National Movement’. Today Ugulava is accused of employing people and paying them salaries. No government member had been arrested anywhere on the bases of such charges. Does it matter, people of what political orientation were employed?
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