About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 20:13 - 19 Apr.'14
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
‘We Need a Landslide Election Victory’ – Saakashvili
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 24 Nov.'07 / 22:22

Mikheil Saakashvili said he was launching his election campaign on November 25 and added he “will need not just a victory, but a remarkable, convincing victory” in the January 5 early presidential polls.

President Saakashvili told the new cabinet in a televised session that the next forty days would be “full of challenges” for the country and January 5 would be “a very important test.”

“We are starting the election campaign tomorrow and the parliamentary chairperson [Nino Burjanadze] will assume presidential duties for forty days. I will be engaged in the election campaign,” he said.

Although he did not actually say he was stepping down on November 25, his remarks have been interpreted as indicating his intention to resign on Sunday. Parliament will then have to be convened within 48 hours to officially sanction the date of the early presidential elections – January 5.

Nino Burjanadze will become the acting president for the second time in four years. She assumed presidential duties after the 2003 Rose Revolution after Eduard Shevardnadze’s resignation.
“We have asked our people for a renewed democratic mandate and to let us on January 5 continue governing the country with a stronger democratic mandate,” Saakashvili said. “Not only do we need a new mandate, but we need a strong mandate, which will also further strengthen the country’s international position.”

Before launching the election campaign, Saakashvili tasked his government with implementing a number of measures to ensure a smooth and painless “transition period” before polling day.

“First of all we should provide security and public order and prevent all types of provocations. We are absolutely sure there will be attempted [provocations], but our security structures are fully prepared to prevent this and to prevent problems in respect of public order,” he said.

The nine-party opposition coalition is due to stage a protest rally on November 25 in Tbilisi to demand the reopening of Imedi TV.

In an apparent allusion to the Imedi TV issue, President Saakashvili said: “We should also ensure freedom of all media outlets, assuming that the law is observed.”

“Of course, all these measures should be undertaken to protect democracy against anti-democratic forces and those advocating the use of force. The Georgian government has already done much in this respect and we intend to take very serious measures and adhere to a very firm position in this regard both before and after the elections.”

The Georgian authorities claim that the recent anti-government demonstrations were part of a Russian-backed coup attempt, financed by business tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvili and incited by Imedi TV, co-owned by Patarkatsishvili.

Saakashvili also said that all political parties would be given “democratic opportunities” to carry out their election campaigns.

“This is a period full of challenges,” he said. “But I am sure we will show the entire world our peacefulness. And we will also demonstrate that Georgia has a government capable of controlling the situation, particularly in the run up to the election, the most heated period.”
He also instructed the government to immediately implement all planned social assistance programs.

“Your activities will be observed in detail,” Saakashvili told ministers. “Not only will ministers be under scrutiny , but also mid-level government structures.”

Latest News
19 Apr.'14 20:13
CEC: Number of Voters 3.49 Million
Central Election Commission released updated figure of number of voters in Georgia.
19 Apr.'14 02:34
Georgian, Russian Diplomats Hold Phone Conversation
Karasin spoke with Abashidze by phone a day after the two diplomats met in Prague.
18 Apr.'14 15:36
Georgia in European Parliament's Resolution on Ukraine
It said that Georgia, like any other European state, has a European perspective.
18 Apr.'14 03:41
Anti-Discrimination Bill Passed with First Reading
The bill is criticized by human rights organizations and Orthodox groups, but for different reasons.
17 Apr.'14 23:42
Facing Public TV Board Law Woes, Parliament Elects Three More Members
GD votes down two candidates for board membership, picked by UNM parliamentary minority group.
17 Apr.'14 19:54
Court of Appeals Upholds Acquittal of Akhalaia
Former defense and interior minister, Bacho Akhalaia, remains in pretrial detention since Nov.2012.
16 Apr.'14 22:47
Meeting of Georgian, Russian Diplomats in Prague
Abashidze said Karasin told him Moscow has no intention to exert pressure on Georgia over AA.
16 Apr.'14 19:20
Georgian TV Crew, Detained at S.Ossetian Administrative Border, Released
Three members of the TV3 crew were released a day after being detained by the Russian border guards.
16 Apr.'14 15:21
Prosecutors Called to Speed Up Probe into Attack on UNM MP Tsiklauri
UNM may request parliamentary probe if the case is not solved by law enforcement agencies.
16 Apr.'14 12:31
Russian MFA on Detention of Georgian TV Crew at S.Ossetian Administrative Border
It said TV crew “demonstratively” crossed into S.Ossetia, which was a “provocation.”

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
58