Georgia’s Parliamentarian Republic
13 February, 2014
Georgia’s Parliamentarian Republic
The Georgia’s new political system of a parliamentarian republic is developing smoothly. Georgian Journal talked to a Georgian writer, documentalist and essayist now in France, Paata Kurdadze, about the new system and how it works.
Q. What do you make of the new political system brought about by constitutional changes in Georgia?
A. The system is good … like the previous presidential one, but not with feudal-Putin rights, since Saakashvili’s mandate has ended. There is only the question: is the
Georgian political realm ready for such rule? I have to remind you that this system was created in 2010 not for more effective rule of the country but for future empowerment of Saakashvili. In that scenario he should not have been a teacher in the Fletcher School but Prime Minister. In reality pluralism and a strong legislative governing body were not in their plans. National Movement became the victim of its own badly planned agenda. Today’s parliament is a union of incompetent people. The endless quarreling of two antagonistic groups doesn't give reasons for optimism.
Q. And what results have we got from this new system?
A. In my opinion, it is too early yet to draw conclusions. Georgia has lived with this ill-mannered political system only for several months. But I have to emphasize that a change of government on such a large scale has to create serious fluctuations in social and political life. In reality, we don't see any kind of special changes - not taking into account that the depressing face of president Saakashvili disappeared from TV. I don't think that for tired and poor Georgians there is much meaning in what is the name of the top person in the country: president, prime minister, chancellor or director. The changes made in the state governing system have not reached the population yet.
Q. How has it influenced political life and the international status of the country? A. On the whole the parliamentarian republic deserves more trust - especially in post-Soviet countries where the population nearly has a ''genetic'' demand for a strong hand, from the previous century. In post-Soviet countries, as far as I know, Georgia is the first case of a parliamentarian system. As for the foreign profile of the country, I think it is not far from the image that most of the population has. I think Georgia has yet to prove that it is a real parliamentarian republic, and not some post-Soviet creation from the Saakashvili's constitutional template.
Q. How do you evaluate the activity of the new president, and does it seem passive, or is it as defined by the constitution?
A. The opinion that only a crisis situation can reveal a president’s function is not true. A president is not a Batman. In my opinion, we are so used to hyperactive Saakashvili that we doubt there can be someone who can replace him. To be honest, I don't understand what is meant by “passive president.” I really don't believe that President Margvelashvili kills time doing crosswords and entertaining teenager girls through anonymous accounts in social media.
Q. Shall we expect some provocations from Russia if it perceives the new political system as passive?
A. In our time a Georgian politician would be very naive and imprudent not to take into account at every moment that provocation from Russia is not based on political logic. In my opinion, this is alpha and omega in relations with Russia. Besides, Russia is our declared rival, and your rivals always try to use your imperfections or passivity to their advantage. But first they will try to define this passivity, or a trap. But government is responsible for passivity and activity… I hope that it has realized all its responsibilities.








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