Political-6 to replace Opposition-8
07 July, 2011
Political-6 to replace Opposition-8

‘Who is more influential in America than McCain, Biden and Hillary?’

The Opposition-8 reincarnated as Political-6 intends to resume fight together with civil society. In his unlikely move, Irakli Alasania, one of the opposition leaders, voiced a sharp criticism of the decision made by his colleagues.


A: It is hard to say anything about their motivation. I think Giorgi Targamadze, Leader of Christian-Democrats, and Dato Gamkrelidze, Leader of New Rights, made a wrong decision. Had the Opposition-8 retained unity, much more

serious changes could have been achieved. Now, only six parties of the original unity continue the common cause. The behavior and the ultimatum language of the Authorities – “either sign or we will do our business regardless of you” - were unacceptable. We have to reject them. We have to partner with citizens of our country.

Q: How do you imagine involvement of citizens in the process?

A: We will have thematic partnership with civil society and international non-governmental organizations. It will be themes such as media, prisoners and human rights. A separate group will be set up on unemployment and social injustice issues.

Q: Till today you were saying that involvement of international organizations would warrant improvements in election environment…

A: Who is more influential in America than McCain, Biden and Hillary?” They were always talking about fair election environment. American Congressmen also visited Georgia and stated that the opposition proposals are significant. Before them, Deputy American Secretary of State Steinbeck came to Georgia.

Q: There are reports that the Political-6 may grow into a single block of parties.

A: Logic of political reality and circumstances dictate that these six parties which put down with Saakashvili’s ultimatums act integrally and under the support of the people. But it is premature to talk about what type of integration it could be.

Q: Do you think indictment of former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili, a political exile living abroad, is doing him justice?

A: Okruashvili is the kind of man who chooses personal revenge over the interests of his homeland. There is nothing special about him. He is paralleled by the political team of Saakashvili. I therefore see Saakashvili-Okruashvili confrontation as internal strife of the National Movement.

Q: A short while ago, expert Mamuka Areshidze said that recognition of Abkhazian independence could sort out relations between us. What is your say?

A: The question of political status should become a subject of negotiations only when both societies make reconciliation steps towards each other. Before we touch such topics, Georgians and Abkhazians should look at each other anew. The war estranged us very much. Popular diplomacy and infrastructural-economic projects are a must. The question of the status should be resolved through political negotiations between Abkhazia and Georgia. Still, I will repeat that it should happen only within internationally recognized state borders...

Other Stories
International observers about the presidential election in Georgia
The presidential election took place on the 28th of October in Georgia.
First Ladies of Independent Georgia
The presidential election took place on the 28th of October in Georgia. It was the last election in which the president will be selected by popular vote.
Funny incidents on Election Day in Georgia
The presidential election took place on the 28th of October in Georgia.
Deadline for the second round of presidential elections in Georgia is December 2
Presidential elections were held on the 28th of October in Georgia. None of the candidates managed to get majority of votes, so the second round of elections is to be appointed.
The USA National Security Advisor John Bolton is in Georgia
National Security Advisor of the United States John Bolton visited Georgia today.
People are detained at the Cannabis Festival
Today, Georgian political movement Girchi holds an event in the Dedaena Park called the Cannabis Festival.
Top safest countries and Georgia is among them - new survey says
Georgia is among the safest countries in the world. This fact is substantiated by various surveys and researches.
Who is interested in the cultivation of cannabis in Georgia?
Several weeks ago the government announced about its initiative to legalize the cultivation of medical marijuana in Georgia.
Fight in Gori – head of administration uses a bin full of manure
There was an incident yesterday in Gori municipality, Georgia at the entrance of the municipality building.
2 Georgian detainees freed from the Tskhinvali prison
Georgian detainees Maia Otinashvili and Akaki Dotiashvili are freed from the Tskhinvali prison. They had been accused of illegally crossing a so-called the borderline into the occupied Tskhinvali region.
Georgia might provide Far East countries with armored vehicles
LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "Delta" might provide several Far East countries with armored vehicles, - “Delta” has informed InterPressNews about it.
Who can be the next first lady of Georgia?
On the 28th of October, presidential elections will be held in Georgia. The last elections in October 2013 resulted in a victory for Giorgi Margvelashvili, a candidate of the Georgian Dream (the ruling party).
Another Georgian kidnapped at the occupational line, stays detained
Maia Otinashvili (a mother of three children) was detained in her own garden on the 19th of September. Eyewitnesses claim that she was kidnapped by armed people with masks.
Fight broke out in the Georgian TV show
Fight in the Georgian Show Archevani (a choice) broke out between the guests yesterday.
7 amendments that come in force today in Georgia
On the 1st of October, 7 new amendments come in force in Georgia.
Speaker of the parliament plays Knockin' on Heaven's Door
What do the politicians do when they have free time? It is an interesting issue in every country.
What are the new New Year decorations for Tbilisi
New Year decorations and its price in Tbilisi is always a matter of discussion in the capital.
Mamuka Bakhtadze gives a speech at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly
Mamuka Bakhtadze, the prime minister of Georgia is attending the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly from the 24th of September.
Georgia will ban use, import and production of plastic bags
The Georgian government has decided to tighten rules regulating use of plastic bags in Georgia.
The parliament returns to Tbilisi
The Parliament of Georgia will continue working in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia from January 2019. Currently, the building is located in Kutaisi (west Georgia).
Mamuka Bakhtadze is visiting the USA within the working visit
The Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze Brought a wreath to the tomb of the Georgian military serviceman John Malkhaz Shalikashvili.
Use of plastic bags to be reduced from the 1st of October
Within the framework of the Green Economics and Environmental Protection Policy the Georgian government has approved new regulations
Four Russian Journalists have not been allowed to enter Georgia
Three members of the Russian delegation were not allowed to enter Georgia as this would have violated the Law on the Occupied Territories of Georgia.
Tbilisi sign may appear on the Funicular hill
Hollywood has become a source of inspiration for many people worldwide. A similar idea from a Tbilisi citizen sounds very clever and attractive.
Russia was at an undeclared war with Georgia for years - Matthew Bryza
I think anybody who has observed how Russia has been conducting its war in Ukraine should realize that Russia was at war with Georgia, an undeclared war for years,
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Other Stories
On 26 May, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, joined celebrations in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi
Violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by Assad regime has been strictly criticized
Exactly one year ago, Georgia was granted visa-free travel with the European Union.
Georgia’s ex-president president Mikheil Saakashvili's supporters managed to free detained Mikheil Saakashvili in the center of Kiev.
The US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly congratulates Georgia on Independence Day.
The regulations on the introduction of visa-free travel for citizens of Georgia have been officially signed in Brussels.
The entire Georgia is involved in Secret Santa game, which means that people are sending gifts to each other secretly
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia is taking part in NATO Ministerial underway in Brussels, Belgium.
A special squad has been mobilized at the 48th polling station in Marneuli, Kvemo Kartli region.
Two politicians in Georgia have come to blows during a live TV debate ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections, Euronews reports.
GEL Exchange
November 2018
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30