World press on political situation in Georgia (November 6, 2013)

The independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, partly owned by former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, published an article by Yelena Milashina headlined "The prince is growing up" devoted to the political situation in Georgia.

 

According to the author, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili's decision to choose Interior Minister Irakli Garibashvili as his successor may be dangerous for the future of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition. Ivanishvili prefered Garibashvili to Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, one of the most influential Georgian politicians, because he doesn't trust professional bureaucrats and would rather see his former employee as the new prime minister (Garibashvili started his career working as a manager in Ivanishvili's company), the author writes.

 

However, Alasania and his supporrtes may not be happy with such a choice. If Alasania's Our Georgia - Free Democrats party leaves the coalition, the position of Georgian Dream and especially the Republican Party in Georgian politics will be shaken, Milashina writes.

 

This may be favourable for the opposition United National Movement party founded by Mikheil Saakashvili, she underlines. One should understand that Saakashvili's party is still the most massive and well-organized political party in the country. 

 

In such a case Ivanishvili will have no other choice than to establish an alliance with far-right forces, whose power became obvious after the recent violent dispersal of the Tbilisi gay pride parade. Businessman Levon Vasadze, a vocal critic of the LGBT rights concept, is one of Ivanishvili's close friends, the author of the article underlines. 

 

Vasadze is also a close associate of Georgian Patriarch Iliya II, the most popular public figure in the country, and the godfather of 2-year old Prince Georgy Bagration, the heir to the Georgian throne. Prince Georgy's parents represent both branches of the Bagrationi royal dynasty - the Mukhrani and the Gruzinsky, the author explains, hinting that the restoration of the monarchy may be Ivanishvili's best choice in order to remain in power, despite possible political tensions.

995 views


More Georgia News

Georgia refuses from dollars

Georgia refuses from dollars

The Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili believes that there is no alternative to dedollarization and strengthening confidence in the Georgian national currency in the long term. "We must take …

Baku gymnastics arena is just like at of World Chionships, Georgian gymnast says

Baku gymnastics arena is just like at of World Championships, Georgian gymnast says

It is very easy to perform in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Georgia gymnast Natella Bolataeva said in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza.  "Today, of course, it was a little harder to …

Gymnastics in Azerbaijan is developed by real professionals, Georgian national team coach says

Gymnastics in Azerbaijan is developed by real professionals, Georgian national team coach says

Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation and everyone who develops gymnastics in the republic are wonderful people and real professionals, coach of the Georgian national team Lyubov Sergovantseva said in an interview with Vestnik …

Busta Rhymes to give concert in Batumi

Busta Rhymes to give concert in Batumi

Popular American rapper, producer and actor Busta Rhymes will perform at the Black Sea Jazz Festival in Batumi (Ajara). He wasn't originally included in the festival program. Busta Rhymes will perform instead of …

Georgia clearly supports Turkish democracy and president Erdogan

Georgia clearly supports Turkish democracy and president Erdogan

in his fight against "the regime of the colonels" that tried to establish military dictatorship in Turkey

 Victoria Shelia: I love visiting Baku for tournaments!

Victoria Shelia: I love visiting Baku for tournaments!

The Georgian gymnast Victoria Shelia, speaking with the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza on the sidelines of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku, said that she loves to come to the capital of Azerbaijan for …

Road accident in Georgia: well-known rugby players injured

Road accident in Georgia: well-known rugby players injured

Three people were killed and five were hospitalized as a result of a road accident at the Kutaisi-Samtredia road in western Georgia. The Georgian rugby union player Merab Kvirikashvili and Tbilisi's Lelo …

EMERCOM recommends not to drive on  Georgian Military Highway

EMERCOM recommends not to drive on Georgian Military Highway

The cars, moving along the Georgian Military Highway, where it is possible to drive only in the day due to the damages of the road, have to spend eight hours waiting. Due to this EMERCOM of North Ossetia strongly advises not to travel on this …

 Kvirikashvili meets Erdogan and Yildirim

Kvirikashvili meets Erdogan and Yildirim

Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara. The sides discussed main …

Margvelashvili to visit Slovenia for first time

Margvelashvili to visit Slovenia for first time

Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili has started his official visit to Slovenia. It will be the first presidential visit to the republic. During his two-day trip Margvelashvili will meet his Slovenian …

more Georgia News