About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 19:10 - 20 Oct.'16
Saakashvili Comments on Okruashvili, Calls for Unity
/ 29 Sep.'07 / 16:55
Civil Georgia

Irakli Okruashvili’s allegations are false, President Saakashvili said on September 29 in a long expected response to a series of serious accusations voiced by his former closest ally.

He said Okruashvili’s arrest was part of the authorities’ anti-corruption drive and had nothing to do with politics.

“There are no untouchables,” he said. “The rule of law and putting everyone where they deserve to be, if they violate the law – this is my governance style; our governance style.”

“Georgia, unlike many other places, enjoys freedom of press; everyone can say what ever they want and as much as they want; but no one is able to blackmail the people, who have clear consciences.”

Saakashvili’s remarks reflected earlier comments made by key figures from his ruling National Movement party.

Giga Bokeria, an influential lawmaker from the ruling party, said by levelling stunning, but groundless accusations, Okruashvili was trying “to create some kind of immunity and untouchable status.”

Later on the same day, President Saakashvili headed to western Georgia where he attended the opening of a new road linking Georgian-controlled areas in breakaway Abkhazia with Georgia proper.

Although he didn't mention Okruashvili by name in his speech at the road opening ceremony, Saakashvili alluded to the events surrounding the arrest.

“Our detractors know very well that it is absolutely impossible to defeat Georgia when it is united,” Saakashvili said. “But they also know very well that we always have a certain number of traitors as well.”

He said the enemies of Georgia wanted to weaken the Georgian state, so as to facilitate traitors.

“It will never happen,” Saakashvili said. “We want to tell both our friends and enemies: this is a different Georgia, this is a different nation with a different spiritual strength.”

He said that civil war and internal division in the early 90s had led to the secession of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He said “traitors and their ambitions” had caused disaster for the country.

Latest News
20 Oct.'16 19:10
Constitutional Court Elects New Chairman
Zaza Tavadze, who is a member of the Constitutional Court since 2010, took the chairmanship.
20 Oct.'16 14:29
Georgian, Russian Diplomats Meet in Prague
Russian MFA: “readiness to continue pragmatic course to gradually normalize” ties was reaffirmed.
20 Oct.'16 11:27
Georgia’s Foreign Trade in Jan-Sept. 2016
Foreign trade turnover declined 4.3% y/y, excluding one-off import of medicines.
19 Oct.'16 16:11
President Welcomes Proposal to Launch Group on Drafting Constitutional Amendments
President offers the group to be co-chaired by him, PM and parliament speaker.
19 Oct.'16 14:33
CEC Sets Runoff, Repeat Elections Dates
Second round of majoritarian MP elections set for Oct.30; repeat elections in four precincts – Oct.22.
19 Oct.'16 11:40
PM Dismisses Concerns over Possible Constitutional Majority as ‘Unhealthy Speculation’
“Constitutional majority, which I hope we will have, is secondary and is only for delivering on our promises,” he said.
18 Oct.'16 17:24
GDDG Dismisses Concerns over Constitutional Majority
Having a constitutional majority “poses no threat whatsoever”, a senior ruling party officials said.
17 Oct.'16 20:24
Explosive That Went Off in Sokhumi ‘Aimed at Politician’
Man, who died in explosion of a device he was carrying, wanted to kill a politician, Abkhaz official said.
17 Oct.'16 16:17
One Arrested on Illegal Arms Charges in Probe Over MP Car Blast
One man, charged with attempted murder, remains at large, according to the Interior Ministry.
17 Oct.'16 11:59
French Frigate Makes Port Visit in Batumi
The French frigate Premier-Maitre L’Her makes port call in Batumi on October 17-20.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2016, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.