In-depth Business Intelligence
of US $
is given out of 208 nations - (data from the World Bank)
Books on Georgia
Update No: 355-
The aftermath of a
It is two years since a disastrous war
took place that would have finished a
lesser politician. Somehow Georgian
President Mikheil Saakashvili has survived
He had Georgia take on Russia. Naturally
Georgia lost. South Ossetia is now
irretrievably re-united to North Georgia
in Russia. So what?
The war took place in August, 2008. The
Russians won in five days flat.
Saakashvili had the wild idea that the
West would come to his rescue, as if they
are not over-extended enough as it as it
is in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Saakashvili is intensely pro-Western. So
are most Georgians. They believe in
liberalism and democracy.
Sticking to power
Yet, he has rejected the opposition's
demand that a new parliament be elected to
vote on a new constitution intended to
give more powers to the parliament and
prime minister. The draft constitution
that would cut presidential powers is now
being considered by a special state
It might seem anomalous that Saakashvili
would want to diminish the powers of the
presidency, since he is the president. But
he is thinking ahead. Parliamentary
elections are to take place in Georgia in
2012, and presidential polls in 2013. His
real power base is in parliament,
dominated by his centre-right United
Ten Georgian opposition parties have said
that the current parliament must be
replaced by a more "legitimate" one ahead
of the crucial vote.
Saakashvili told reporters on July 19 the
elections would take place on schedule
despite any claims by the opposition. "You
cannot demand new elections each time you
lose [the previous polls]. It is like
demanding the holding of a World Cup
championship every three months only
because Brazil failed to win the
championship," Saakashvili said.
The United National Movement gained 60% of
the vote in the local elections held in
Georgia on May 30.
The Georgian president said the opposition
"loves itself and seeks to occupy
[government] positions, while the
government loves the Georgian people and
takes care of their future."