Tornike Sharashenidze: How Ivanishvili can stay in Georgia after losing power
Let’s face it. The only former ruler who did not have to flee was Shevardnadze. This was mainly because he resigned and, due to his age, no longer posed a political threat.
I do not want Ivanishvili to run away, because we must someday put an end to this madness and someday get out of this vicious circle. I think Ivanishvili wants to live in Georgia. He is more comfortable and safer here, he just likes to live here. It is clear that Ivanishvili fears Saakashvili’s return. But if he behaves correctly and fairly, no one can deprive him of anything, even after he loses power.
Correct and honest behavior today is dialogue and compromise. But he must personally negotiate with the opposition. It would also be good if Ivanishvili could no longer put forward figures who have not been trusted for a long time and who do not cause anything but irritation. And for this he needs to start talking with the opposition and (more importantly) with the people.
Ivanishvili must take into account that, whether he likes it or not, he is involved in politics. Politics is the art of compromise.
Торнике Шарашенидзе, (Tornike Sharashenidze) GSAC