Compiled by Tato Gachechiladze
Monday, April 30Does Merabishvili want to become PM?
Rezonansi reports that at the recent government hour, Minister of Internal Affairs Vano Merabishvili noted that 87% of the public has confidence in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and there is no political party in Georgia which has such a high rating. He noted that if people believed that the police were politicized there would not be such a high level of trust for his department.
Representative of the Christian-Democrats, Levan Vepkhvadze, thinks that this indicates Merabishvili's secret wish to become Prime Minister. Rezonansi asked two public figures what they think about this idea.
Nugzar Kvashali (singer): "It is a fact that the police are working well. I leave my car open and I am not afraid to walk at night. All this is thanks to Merabishvili. As far as I know, his subordinates love him. He really has a reason to claim to have more. With the police, everything is in good condition. If he does everything like that in all sectors, then becomes the Prime Minister, why not?"
Ia Antadze (media expert): "In the National Movement one person cannot decide who will be the leader. Some people may have the desire to be Prime Minister. But this will depend on who will recognize this man as a leader. In order to occupy the Prime Minister's position, Merabishvili should collect a good staff that recognizes him as a leader. Also, the National Movement and other leaders must do the same too. I think if they really want to [continue in power], the National movement should outline a few of their leaders. This process will be very interesting and useful for the country".
Shashiashvili: Saakashvili is "in the past"
Leader of Whites Temur Shashiashvili says that Georgia can do more than the President and current leadership allows.
According to Newspress, Shashiashvili remarked that President Mikheil Saakashvili stands very far from the processes of the modern world – political, democratic, and economic.
“A President who can’t stand intelligent people with different ideas, and the slave psychology obvious among the people around him – this means that he is in the past,” Shashiashvili said.