A mousetrap for Melia or a trap for a Dream

The morning arrest of Nikanor Melia nullified the intrigue that the press dissected all last week. True, it became possible to assess how objectively our analysts and experts predict the processes maturing in the country

It is noteworthy that "Sakartvelos Respublika" (15-16. 2) opened the week by placing a large portrait of Petre Tsaava on the first page and calling him an immoral robber. Let us recall that the disgraced hierarch at one time attacked the Patriarch with accusations. However, now we are talking about something else. Attention to conflicts in the church usually indirectly indicates that the situation in the world has temporarily calmed down. They say that scandals are brewing, but they are unlikely to peak in the coming days.

The calculation failed this time. Events began to replace each other so rapidly that experts, journalists and readers literally did not have time to catch their breath.

Gakharia left first

Thursday morning began with a surprise, almost equivalent politically to Shevardnadze's resignation in 2003 and Dream's victory in the 2012 elections. Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced his voluntary resignation from his post. That did not fit in any way with the previous statements and plans of the prime minister.

In addition, contrary to the established tradition, Gakharia specifically named the reason - disagreement with the decision of the Georgian Dream leadership to arrest Nika Melia, the chairman of the country's main opposition force, the United National Movement (Rezonansi, 19. 2 ). In the eyes of society and the international community, this immediately gave a political connotation to the sentence passed by the Tbilisi City Court the day before. And, of course, it radically changed the situation as a whole.

Gakharia's resignation exposed the flaws of the system, said Elene Khoshtaria, who recently left "European Georgia". Having got rid of Gakharia, "Georgian Dream" became illegitimate, the expert Gia Khukhashvili made the picture worse: after all, the party collected votes largely thanks to him. Apparently, there was a big struggle inside Dream, analyst Paata Zakareishvili confidently concluded (Rezonansi, 19.2).

Prior to this, newspapers had heatedly discussed the political situation that arose in connection with the refusal of Nicky Melia to pay the bail. He was released on bail after being accused of attempting a coup d'etat during the so-called "Gavrilov night". Political scientist Vakhtang Dzabiradze called this accusation absurd (Akhali Taoba, 18.2). Pursuing Melia, "Dream" plays into the hands of the opposition, the newspaper warned (17.2), and his arrest could become a turning point in the clash between the authorities and their opponents (18.2).

It seems that Giorgi Gakharia foresaw all of the above and, being unable to prevent, announced his resignation. It should be noted that the reaction from various sides was positive. Gakharia does not deserve what was prepared for him in "Dream", the leader of the "Tribuna" David Chichinadze (Akhali Taoba, 19.2) reproached the leadership of the ruling party. And one of the leaders of "Girchi" Vakhtang Megrelishvili even stressed: we must thank him for avoiding a catastrophe ("Rezonansi", 19. 2).

Garibashvili has been approved as Prime Minister, and this is a sign

But can you really avoid it? The question never ceased to worry the experts and the public. Especially after Irakli Garibashvili was urgently approved for the post of prime minister. Why such a rush was needed, if the party claims that they are confident in the support of the population, it is difficult to say.

A mousetrap for Melia or a trap for a Dream

It is noteworthy that "Sakartvelos Respublika" (15-16. 2) opened the week by placing a large portrait of Petre Tsaava on the first page and calling him an immoral robber. Let us recall that the disgraced hierarch at one time attacked the Patriarch with accusations. However, now we are talking about something else. Attention to conflicts in the church usually indirectly indicates that the situation in the world has temporarily calmed down. They say that scandals are brewing, but they are unlikely to peak in the coming days.

The calculation failed this time. Events began to replace each other so rapidly that experts, journalists and readers literally did not have time to catch their breath.

Gakharia left first

Thursday morning began with a surprise, almost equivalent politically to Shevardnadze's resignation in 2003 and Dream's victory in the 2012 elections. Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced his voluntary resignation from his post. That did not fit in any way with the previous statements and plans of the prime minister.

In addition, contrary to the established tradition, Gakharia specifically named the reason - disagreement with the decision of the Georgian Dream leadership to arrest Nika Melia, the chairman of the country's main opposition force, the United National Movement (Rezonansi, 19. 2 ). In the eyes of society and the international community, this immediately gave a political connotation to the sentence passed by the Tbilisi City Court the day before. And, of course, it radically changed the situation as a whole.

Gakharia's resignation exposed the flaws of the system, said Elene Khoshtaria, who recently left "European Georgia". Having got rid of Gakharia, "Georgian Dream" became illegitimate, the expert Gia Khukhashvili made the picture worse: after all, the party collected votes largely thanks to him. Apparently, there was a big struggle inside Dream, analyst Paata Zakareishvili confidently concluded (Rezonansi, 19.2).

Prior to this, newspapers had heatedly discussed the political situation that arose in connection with the refusal of Nicky Melia to pay the bail. He was released on bail after being accused of attempting a coup d'etat during the so-called "Gavrilov night". Political scientist Vakhtang Dzabiradze called this accusation absurd (Akhali Taoba, 18.2). Pursuing Melia, "Dream" plays into the hands of the opposition, the newspaper warned (17.2), and his arrest could become a turning point in the clash between the authorities and their opponents (18.2).

It seems that Giorgi Gakharia foresaw all of the above and, being unable to prevent, announced his resignation. It should be noted that the reaction from various sides was positive. Gakharia does not deserve what was prepared for him in "Dream", the leader of the "Tribuna" David Chichinadze (Akhali Taoba, 19.2) reproached the leadership of the ruling party. And one of the leaders of "Girchi" Vakhtang Megrelishvili even stressed: we must thank him for avoiding a catastrophe ("Rezonansi", 19. 2).

Garibashvili has been approved as Prime Minister, and this is a sign

But can you really avoid it? The question never ceased to worry the experts and the public. Especially after Irakli Garibashvili was urgently approved for the post of prime minister. Why such a rush was needed, if the party claims that they are confident in the support of the population, it is difficult to say.

What to expect from the "second coming" of Garibashvili? - asks the question "Resonance" (19. 2). The opposition initially did not rule out that this would aggravate the political background. Fortunately, Irakli Garibashvili himself began his first speech in the new rank with the fact that he strictly promised to restore order in the country very soon.

In what some analysts saw the danger of a recurrence of authoritarian manifestations. True, the opposition itself is skeptical about all this, recalling that we have already witnessed Garibashvili's premiership, and, as before, it will not give anything. Perhaps it will accelerate the departure of "Dream" from power. And in "Lelo" it was generally considered that by the adopted decision the ruling party had shown that it had completely exhausted its sanity.

All this gave rise to speculations about how Bidzina Ivanishvili was involved in the return of Irakli Garibashvili to the post of prime minister after a five-year pause. Analyst Gia Abashidze claims that this is the initiative of the ruling team itself. Although other opinions are also expressed ("Rezonansi", 19. 2). However, knowing Ivanishvili, one can assume that everything is much more complicated.

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