Friday, November 14, 2014

Georgian president challenges PM to affirm pro-Western course

Georgian President Georgy Margvelashvili has weighed into a row that has split the government by urging the prime minister of the ex-Soviet state to improve governance, re-commit to European integration and challenge Russia's thinking.

Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili last week sparked the resignation of his foreign minister and the walkout of one of the six parties in his coalition by dismissing his pro-Western defense minister.

In a speech to parliament on Friday, Margvelashvili, whose relationship with Garibashvili is frosty, said the coalition crisis had exposed a "lack of institutional governance in the state".
He said it was more necessary than at any time since the government was formed in 2012 to "reaffirm the irreversibility" of Georgia's pro-Western course, and called for more "democratization and pluralism".

Garibashvili signed an Association Agreement with the European Union in June and says he wants to align Georgia more closely with Western democracies.

But his opponents accuse him of using the justice system to persecute political opponents. And they say he is too reluctant to criticize Georgia's former overlord Moscow, notably over its interventions in Ukraine - reminders of the war with Russia that Georgia blundered into in 2008, after which two breakaway provinces declared independence with Russian backing.
"You can't serve two masters," Margvelashvili said. "You cannot proclaim European goals and at the same time build a state in a completely different style."

Russia also flatly opposes Georgia's attempt, now largely stalled, to join the transatlantic NATO military alliance.
"We should change Russia's conceptual paradigm about a privileged sphere of interest by our joint efforts, with international participation," Margvelashvili said.
"The only response to Russia's actions is our country's Euro-Atlantic integration."


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  1. Géorgie: plus de 30 000 manifestants contre le gouvernement et la Russie ...

    Plus de 30 000 manifestants ont manifesté samedi à Tbilissi contre le gouvernement géorgien et la politique menée par Moscou dans l'ex-URSS, à l'appel du parti de l'ex-président Mikheïl Saakachvili, Mouvement national Uni.

    Arborant drapeaux géorgiens et ukrainiens et des pancartes "Stop Poutine", les manifestants se sont rassemblés sur les principales artères de la ville.

    M. Saakachvili, aujourd'hui recherché par la justice, s'est adressé à la foule, qui clamait son nom, via une retransmission vidéo depuis Kiev. "Montrons au gouvernement géorgien que la Nation est unie face à la grave menace contre son indépendance et son avenir", a-t-il lancé.

    Le parti de M. Saakachvili accuse la coalition au pouvoir du Rêve géorgien de ne pas s'opposer à la Russie sur le soutien qu'elle apporte à l'Abkhazie et à l'Ossétie du Sud...............


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