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Public Assembly party set to challenge Government

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Friday, November 26
The Representatives of Public Assembly declared its distrust towards the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili and the Government of Georgia, the verdict was voiced by the Assembly organizers on November 25, during a large scale demonstration in front of the Parliament building. At the same time, the Assembly elected its Chair and confirmed its charter.

“Saakashvili has created absolutism and an authoritarian regime in the country, He took all power into his own hands. Decayed the legal system; Created Governmental corruption, Insulted human rights and honor, used state resources for his interest too many times, due to his short sighted policy brought the country to war and 20% of Georgian territories is being occupied. At the same time, he has adopted the constitution modeled on his personal will. Based on these reasons the Georgian people do not recognize him as a president and express their readiness for new just elections in the country, “said the verdict of the Representative Public Assembly.

Nona Gaprindashvili has been elected as chair of the Assembly and the charter of the Assembly has also been confirmed, “ the Assembly will be gathered based on necessity and the decisions made by the assembly would be fulfilled several commissions: Council of Analysts , which would form a conception of the country development, Council of Justice, working in the direction of human rights protection, Commission of relations with Abkhazian and Ossetian societies , the Commission of International relations , regional comities and the youth committee, “ the charter said.

“We are starting an uncompromised battle against the present authorities, which will end with our victory, “leader of the Democratic Movement-United Georgia, Nino Burjanadze, said. From the oppositional factions, National Forum, National Council and Georgian party also participated in the meeting. Labour party expressed its solidarity towards the Public Assembly.

The Christian Democratic Movement, Our Georgia-Free Democrats and Republicans refused participation in the assembly and named different reasons for this, “we have taken part in the organizational process of the Assembly and we declined participation in it. Our agenda at the present moment is the changing of the election environment in the country, “Zurab Abashidze, from Our Georgia-Free Democrats, stated. Changing of the authority by force is unacceptable for the Christian Democrats, “the Assembly consists of two sides. Those who are protesting against the present authorities’ activities, which is absolutely acceptable for us and the second part, who are eager to change the authorities by force, would not be supported by Movement, “Levan Vepkhvadze, from the Movement, said. As for the Republicans, “if the Assembly name is public, it should be public. They state that politicians deter them, so we would do this. If some political factions want to participate, it is their right to do so, “the party leader, Davit Usupashvili, stated.

According to the Georgian authorities, holding street rallies and demonstrations is a very common fact in almost all countries and Georgia is not an exception in this aspect, “We understand very well our responsibility to the Georgian people and the country and only based on national interests we are carrying out our inner and foreign police, if somebody has a different view, it is his right. In general, people’s attitudes are fixed during elections and they have several times confirmed their trust towards the current government, “MP, Davit Darchiashvili, said.

As Analyst Irakli Sesiashvili told The Messenger, “It has already been several years that Georgian people have been protesting the actions of the present authorities. At the present moment there is disappointment among Georgian people towards some political movements, mainly meaning oppositional factions. The reason of such aspiration in the people is imposed due to several reasons, one is that the present authorities are carrying out a policy of repression in the country and people are afraid to protest loudly. The second side is that the oppositional leaders could not direct the people’s protest correctly. As for the representatives of Public Assembly, it has a good cause on one hand that terror in the society imposed by the authorities is to be annihilated. On the other hand, oppositional political forces should be consolidated on a positive strategy. If we take into consideration that a lot of people participated in the assembly, meaning delegates from almost all Georgian regions, it is really a very good start of the Public Assembly.”