GD Obsession with Saakashvili May Harm Georgia’s International Reputation
Author: By Zviad Adzinbaia
Fresh legal action against Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s former president and The Rose Revolutionary has been taken by the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia (POG) over alleged wasting of the governmental budget during his presidency.
The Prosecutor’s Office briefing the previous week announced to the public that Saakashvili was responsible for ‘enormous’ expenditures for items such as medical rehabilitations and clothes.
Observing the political processes of the country, frequent briefings at the POG has become a traditional occasion during the last two years of Georgian Dream (GD) rule. The latest case against the Georgian reformer might raise some legitimate questions as to whether Georgia’s politics is still dreaming or has moved to a new, anecdotal arena.
The GD, concentrating on Saakashvili’s Kashmir coat, several suits and physical rehabilitations, reflects an absurd political course which is not impressing Georgian citizens. There are several categories of voters, some of them even radical, but it was bread and jobs that people voted for in 2012, not persecutions and prosecutions.
Some Georgian political scientists assess the attempts of GD to improve economic and political infrastructure of Georgia as having collapsed and therefore the GD is using its tools of the so-called Restoring Justice paradigm to turn the citizens’ attention to the previous government. However, at the same time, the current powers are forgetting the so far unfulfilled promises of their two years of governance.