Upcoming Presidential Elections in Georgia
08.10.2013
12:00
There is a recent tendency in the political life of Georgia indicating that authorities do not cling to power: Mikheil Saakashvili returns the power, Prime Minister Ivanishvili states he is ready to resign, Director of Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation Dr. Stepan Grigoryan shared his observations during the discussion held at the Media Center.

Two other tendencies identified by the political scientist are the attempt to weaken the power of centralization and to find common ground with Russia.

Stepan Grigoryan noted that Georgia does not change its priorities to integrate with Europe and NATO. Three main candidates are pro-European.

Representative of Georgia's Reforms Associates (GRASS) Helen Khoshtaria thinks the correlation of forces will not be changed drastically before the election, in spite of the Georgian society's inclination to emotional decisions. 

Director of the Centre of EU Studies at Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) Kakha Gogolashvili noted that the Georgian society is not stably or completely predictable. For instance, abrupt economic decay or inflation can influence social moods.

Hellen Khoshtaria defined the election as one that can change the government system. She thinks that Georgia does have an opportunity to have a strong parliament that will contribute to the democracy building in the country.

Head of the Center for Political and Legal Studies, expert on Georgian affairs Johnny G. Melikyan noted that for the first time in the Post-Soviet era there is a discord in Armenian community of Georgia. Normally 70 percent of the community would vote for the party in power, whereas now the number of opposition supporters has increased. 

On October 8 a discussion on the upcoming presidential elections in Georgia was held at the Media Center in cooperation with Institute for War and Peace Reporting. The speakers of the discussion included Director of Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation Dr. Stepan Grigoryan,Head of the Center for Political and Legal Studies, expert on Georgian affairs Johnny G. Melikyan. Representative of Georgia's Reforms Associates (GRASS) Helen Khoshtaria and Director of the Centre of EU Studies at Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) Kakha Gogolashvili joined the discussion via video call. 

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