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Ana Dabrundashvili

Georgia Voted: Ivanishvili-Team Soon In Action

The Coalition “Georgian Dream” announced the majority of candidates for key governmental posts, but few still remain a mystery. Meanwhile, UNM loses its influence while  the decisions taken by the government against the Coalition (fines and arrests) are reversed, which looks even more ridiculous than taking them in the first place.

Incoming Government

The – most probably – future Prime-Minister was showing rather jocular mood while announcing candidates for the key posts in the country. Seemingly entertained by a game with impatient journalists, he was giving them a chance to guess the names before formal announcement. Most of the candidates smiled and nodded awkwardly, confused about where to stand in a crowded room.

Among the candidates, there are several of Ivanishvili’s personal favorites. Irakli Alasania, the future minister of Defense is one of them, but this choice is logical anyway. Irakli Garibashvili, who has been Ivanishvili’s right hand for long, is a little bit more controversial, as he is less known to the public. Anyway, public is never sympathetic to the Ministers of Interior Affairs, and stern-looking Garibashvili could perhaps live up to that stereotype.

Kakhi Kaladze, a former footballer, is set to be the Minister of Infrastructure. Many still seek any connection between the two. Paata Zaqareishvili, the future minister in charge of conflict regions, promises to alter the policy towards South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The breakaway regions are generally not enthusiastic about any changes. The previous government, however, has unintentionally ensured their more solid contacts with Russia, which may result in Abkhazia and South Ossetia’s lack of will to change this state of affairs. Anyhow, credits should go to Mr. Zaqareishvili’s solid experience in the field.

Most of the key posts are divided among the Free Democrats, Republican Party and Ivanishvili’s own Georgian Dream party. The former is mostly represented in the parliament with its leader Davit Usupashvili, set to be the Chairman.  Other strong leaders are getting governmental posts and perhaps no fierce competition will emerge among those left in the parliament. Yet again, the diversity of the Coalition leaves us to wonder.

Anyhow, they seem to be much too happy to fight right now.

Outgoing Government

Bidzina Ivanishvili’s meeting with the president Saakashvili caused a public outcry. People photoshoped images from the meeting, adding fire behind the two leaders or putting dark glasses on them. One of the leading Georgian psychologists analyzed the body language claiming that it spoke of Saakashvili’s subordination to Ivanishvili.

Ivanishvili was rather harsh, outlining the “undignified actions of the opponents.” “We will treat our opponents not in the way they deserve it, but in a way our country, Georgian people, Georgian population, our culture deserve it” – Ivanishvili slammed the president who was standing right there.

Saakashvili, ignoring the criticism went on talking about smooth governmental.

The government is fully compiled by the Coalition or perhaps Ivanishvili personally. There are rumors about key people of Saakashvili, like outgoing Minister of Justice Zurab Adeishvili leaving the country.  One of the governmental channels, Real TV, which used the prime time news program only to present Ivanishvili as badly as possible – the channel that has perhaps set the new level of what journalism cannot be – is about to close down. The decisions taken by the government against the Coalition (fines and arrests) are reversed, which looks even more ridiculous than taking them decisions in the first place.

In all this transition fever, UNM’s prospects in the new parliament look rather vague.

Feature photo:  Mother Georgia by Vasco Alves, source: Flickr

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Ana is from Tbilisi, Georgia, where she currently works for the Caucasus Research Resource Centers. She has an MA in International Relations and BA in Journalism. Pursues writing in free time and is interested in literature.

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