No Rival For Georgian Dream Candidate
30 May, 2013
No Rival For Georgian Dream Candidate
Leader of “Industry Will Save Georgia” Gogi Topadze talked to Georgian Journal about the ongoing presidential race and new arrests that changed the layot in Georgian Political life. We offer the interview to our reader:
Q. How will new arrests influence the presidential race and will it be viewed as a political persecution in pre election period?
A. I know Bidzina Ivanisvhili
and his views very well and I know that his intentions were very peaceful. He didn’t want revenge and was aiming to settle all problems to unite whole country. But pre-election period changed his attitude towards many issues. When majority and minority were formed there had begun very mean criticism of Ivanishvili. Everyone knew that it was impossible to build a new country after 9 and 20 years of devastating politics. This obstruction naturally made him to change his plans. It is a fact that billions were taken from Georgia in offshore, there were committed many crimes. Many former officials left the country and it is clear that if one is innocent he won’t simply run. Step by step everything will be clear and many of them will have to take responsibility for their crimes. Akhalaia, Kezerashvili, former minister of Justice are among them. Bidzina Ivanisvhili has to do it. These people arranged ‘genocide’ of Georgian nation. There are big problems in agriculture, health politics and many areas. I have to repeat that Bidzina Ivahisvhili tried to refrain from, but it became impossible. As for the question if these arrests will be perceived as political chase this is naive question. Merabishvili and president were accused by European court. If they don’t believe in Georgian court you have to trust European justice. Only Girgvliani case is enough to accuse Merabishvili. And European court will announce officially that many officials were involved in it. But the subject is that National Movement didn’t expect to lose elections and their rule was supposed to be extended for many years to come. But only Bidzina Ivanisvhili could overcome their system of elections with false list of voters. In my opinion he has not made any mistakes in key strategic points.
Q. How would you estimate chances of National Movement and Georgian Dream in upcoming presidential elections?
A. Vano Merabishvili was supposed to be candidate for presidency of National Movement. But society knows who he is and I don’t think society could support him in the elections. There is no doubt that candidate of Bidzina Ivanisvhili and Georgian Dream will win elections and advantage will be high.
Q. If your predictions will come true for presidential elections how do you see future of National Movement and cohabitation in general?
A. I doubt that National Movement can be formed as opposition party. It is illusion. They don’t have a chance for self government election either that is expected in 2014. The will of National Movement to stay as opposition party is problematic because of the crimes they have committed. All these sins will emerge every time they will want to stay firm.
Q. How would you estimate already known presidential candidates and how do you see appearance of third power in the elections?
A. I don’t see any power that can change my attitude towards this issue. I respect Nino Burjanadze and her political life and the fact that she evaded National Movement in time. But it is a fact that candidate of Georgian Dream has no rival even if several parties are united though Burjanadze will be most successful among other candidates. We will have a very good president as the candidate of Georgian Dream is very good. There can be made some changes to make president’s function wider. Saakashvili made constitutional changes to decrease the functions of president and he was preparing himself for the post of Prime Minister. But Bidzina Ivanisvhili upset his plans. Ivanisvhili doesn’t try to have all powers. So we can’t exclude the fact that president’s role will be wider to make real decision in political life of Georgia.
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