Putin scenario in Georgia

Saakashvili plans to stay in politics

By | February 23rd, 2013|Categories: Elections '12-'13, News, Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–President Mikheil Saakashvili, who will leave office in October, says that he doesn’t plan to leave politics, because this would mean running away from the battlefield and letting everything which he has built be ruined. Saakashvili has served […]

Ivanishvili may hold referendum about parliamentary republic

By | August 28th, 2012|Categories: News, Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The leader of the largest opposition bloc in Georgia doesn’t exclude that if he wins the parliamentary election he will hold a referendum regarding government structure. Currently, the president holds almost all power. From 2013 these powers will […]

Saakashvili says his PM will continue after October 1

By | August 21st, 2012|Categories: News, Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The government in Georgia has placed the speaker of parliament on the top of its party list, which probably means he will keep his post if they win. It also said the current prime minister is their prime minister candidate after the election. […]

Prime mimister’s powers are increased

By | July 5th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – At a time when Vano Merbaishvili was not yet confirmed as Prime Minister, a bill was brought to parliament to increase the authority of the prime minister. Parliament passed it at the first hearing. According to the bill, which was proposed by the […]

Saakashvili’s victory is his own defeat

By | February 16th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

In official or semi-official conversations, president Saakashvili’s supporters often remark that Saakashvili should somehow stay in power to finish the reforms he started, because otherwise the country’s direction will be reversed and it will head back into the past, […]

Saakashvili ducks issue of following in Putin’s footsteps

By | February 7th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – There is growing uncertainty about whether the Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili may stay on as prime minister after the end of his second term as president. Yesterday, the editorial board of the Washington Post published a comment in which […]

Promise: no Putin scenario in Georgia

By | December 19th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Two of Mikheil Saakashvili's ministers say he won’t cling on to power as prime minister after he steps down in 2013, but the president himself refuses to give a definite answer. Prime Minister Grigol Vashadze said it is not going to happen, while Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia went even further and promised it [...]

Prime minister gets increased power

By | November 14th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Changes in how the leader of Georgia's Adajara region is chosen raises further suspicion that power is being concentrated in the office of the prime minister, increasing fears of a Putin scenario. The president has agreed with the government about the candidacy of the Chairman of the Adjara’s Autonomous Republic of Georgia. He [...]