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Saakashvili loses some powers

22.04.2013 12:44

A man of middle age of athletic build undresses to the waist in the street in a strong wind enough and in cool weather. He takes out a jar of honey and begins to coat with it his torso covered with dense hair. Whereupon he ties his hands with dexterity, which would envy even Guddini himself, and... is just standing in this position within the hour.

The residents of Tbilisi could observe such a picture near a prison last week. The man is native of Gali district of Abkhazia bordering with Georgia. This action idea was borrowed from Georgia's history, when in the 13th century the Mongols, which had managed to capture most of Georgia, uncovered the plot of the local princes preparing a rebellion against the invaders. The ringleaders were arrested, coated with honey, hand-tied and thrown in the burning sun. One of the conspirators, who managed to escape, came to the square and sat down by his friends. According to legend, his devotion impressed the Mongols and they released the prisoners.

Whereas our "honey man" wanted in such a way to express his solidarity with the former Georgia's Interior Minister Bacho Akhalaia, now being under arrest. He is accused of beating soldiers, torture, abuse of rank and of provoking a prison riot. Anyway, the man has failed to stir the pity of the authorities. And a single character of the action only shows the real number of people willing to support the former official. Perhaps it would be better to coat himself with chocolate, thus highlighting the status Saakashvili's supporters used to have.

In general, an "interesting" situation has arisen in Georgia today. After Bidzina Ivanishvili's Georgian Dream coalition, the opposition party in the past and the ruling now, won the parliamentary elections in autumn 2012, a unique political system has developed in the country. The president of the defeated United National Movement now holds office; he has 90% of executive power. Whereas the government is headed by the leader of the parliamentary majority. And these two opposite poles forces try to get along with each other till the next presidential elections in autumn 2013. It is a question at issue whether they manage to do it or not, but both try to spite each other as they can.

The latest evidence thereof is the acceptance by the Georgian Parliament on March 25 in the third reading of a constitutional amendment that would limit the powers of the presidential powers in Georgia. From this point on, the president will not be able to unilaterally appoint cabinet ministers after the dissolution of the parliament, which three times passed a no-confidence motion against the government represented by the president. In addition, the amendments impose ban on the dissolution of parliament "from May before the presidential election before the inauguration of the newly elected head of state". Pending these amendments, in compliance with the Georgian Constitution, the president has the right to dissolve parliament and begin the dissolution of the government, without waiting for new parliamentary elections.

This is not to say that Saakashvili has been finally removed from power, but as the saying goes, "the cobbler has remained barefoot". And although it is still six months before the presidential election, and the two sides can both strengthen their positions and lose them but one thing is obvious: Even thousands of supporters coated with honey would not help Saakashvili.