President Mikheil Saakashvili's increasingly ruthless United National Movement was cruising relentlessly toward a convincing triumph against a divided and largely feckless opposition.
And then came billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili.
"These elections will be absolutely different, and Saakashvili
people should not harbor any illusions that the same old story will be repeated again," the reclusive 55-year-old financier said after emerging unexpectedly from his
rural retreat in the village of Chorvila last month to announce his
entry into politics.
"In my view, reality today is such that even his
own mother would not vote for Saakashvili
went on to say he
was "very well aware of the ways in which his
violence affects not just the Georgian people, but his
own inner circle, too.
is not going to be able to collect the number of votes necessary to carry out falsification."
And the nascent campaign -- and Ivanishvili himself -- have come under harsh, even underhanded attack from Saakashvili
and his supporters, although the president himself has not even mentioned Ivanishvili by name.
government stripped him of his
Georgian citizenship when he
announced publicly that he
had not yet renounced his
French and Russian citizenships but intended to do so.
I would say that Misha
is setting a bench-mark for the entire region here - others should learn from him how really democratic elections should be organized :-).
No new candidate for presidency, Saakashvili
is the deity who should lead the county to the end - either his
or the country itself!
Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely - this statement couldn't be more right for Georgia, even more - Saakashvili
party turned absolute power into Omnipotence - an unlimited power, he
can do absolutely anything, even logically impossible in accord with his
own desires, he
intervenes in the lives of his
citizens by suppressing the law, Constitution, moral values, democratic principles, traditions, in attempt to create
rule of man in absence of rule of law.
The idealist side of Rose Revolution - an island of democracy in the sea of Autocrats - was already fading after November events in 2007, but after Ivanishvili stepped into political scene, it became obvious, that Saakashvili
and National party forfeited any moral and constitutional rights to lead the country.
Ivanishvili (who isn't a citizen) has more power then Saakashvili?
whatever you say about buying artists - and I will extend that list to journalists, "experts", businessmen, election commission, judges, school directors, any level functuioners - that is VERILY SO, INDEED - But for Misha Saakashvili!
party first made all population very poor, and left only onw way for survival - to become their slaves or to emigrate!
is another Mubaraq or Gaddafi with just one but - he
talks and prizes western values and democracy a lot!
But only talks - his
deeds are very different.