It’s Not Who You’re For

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  1. From Georgia Today (newspaper):Radicalization of Burjanadze can easily be explained. Even if Saakashvili appoints snap parliamentary elections, the chances of the Burjanadze party winning would be minimal. That is why she is demanding radicalization of processes from partners. Therefore, it would not be surprising if in the nearest future, Alasania left the oppositional unity and started independent activities.Rumors say that Alasania will leave the union of the New Rights and the Republicans and establish his own political party. Whose orbit will the Republicans and the New Rights take – Burjanadze’s or Alasania’s? It is easier to guess which direction the Republicans will take. As for the New Rights who have not realized their Rose Revolution mistake, yet are not so easily predictable. Possible leave of Alasania from the oppositional lines will probably not have big influence on the rally politics, but will cause certain flow of protest electorate, that Nino Burjanadze is so concerned about. During a month of protest rallies the opposition could not manage to increase protest masses, and it has become obvious that the opposition lacks supporters for a new revolution. That is why Burjanadze is risking it all.In a recent interview, the former speaker admitted with incredible frankness, that her radicalism was caused by the magnitude of stakes her clan has put on these actions, “Family, money, welfare – I have no right to withdraw now,” Burjanadze told the reporter. In fact, no leader of the opposition unity has put everything at stake, the way that Burjanadze did. What are Kakha Kukava, Zviad Dzidziguri, Koba Davitashvili, or even Levan Gachechiladze losing? Nothing. Their function has always been creating a protest background that they will successfully implement, in times of any ruler, and will receive good rewards for that. However, in Burjanadze’s case there is another reason. Today she represents the group of society that was formed during Shevardnadze’s time, as the Central Committee Chairman, the ‘elite’ that found itself off the game during Saakashvili’s rule. This very elite chose Burjanadze to be its leader and trusted her with its future. Anzori’s daughter (Nino Burjanadze’s father, former party activist) is to win the life-or-death fight to Mikheil Saakashvili, and the system he had established. That is why now or never the social order is and Burjanadze is fulfilling the order.Despite the order, Burjanadze is quite acceptable in the Kremlin, as far as Saakashvili’s alternative. Burjanadze’s political class, with its links is closely connected to Russia. She was educated in Moscow, and after all is Rogozin’s course-mate. According to The Kommersant, the Kremlin has finally decided on Burjanadze’s candidacy. No Bidzina Ivanishvili or Vazha Lortkipanidze. This is the Kremlin’s verdict.One more factor, related to Burjanadze’s radicalism, is personal scores with Saakashvili. Back in 2007, when in November days the Saakashvili government was truly on the verge of resignation, Burjanadze directly demanded from Saakashvili full carte blanch on comprising the United National Movement electoral list. Later Mikheil Machavariani, Vice Speaker of the Parliament, admitted that Burjanadze wanted to fill the electoral list with the friends of her husband and father, which Saakashvili rejected. It seems that Burjanadze’s move to the opposition side is related to this fact and has nothing to do with the governmental crisis or democracy.

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