Statements written, what’s next?
The fact that statements of refusal to enter parliament have been written does not at all mean that we have a one-party parliament. Now, as before, everything depends on the GD, and their choice is very simple – to hold another round of negotiations and reach a compromise, or satisfy the statements and get what they have. The problem is not that the opposition refuses to go to parliament and thereby recognize the election results, but that the authorities are not interested in any concessions. It is understandable, most of the key European countries support the GD’s position, the Americans are simply not up to it now, and they are acting in the paradigm of what they left behind when leaving Pompeo. Lockdown and New Year’s holidays are ahead. Elisashvili and most likely patriots will provide the appearance of a multiparty system. In extreme cases, they will create a new party from their ranks and appoint it as the opposition.
The national movement will retain its positions regardless of who leaves them and where, as well as whether they will be in parliament or not. The survival of the rest of the political forces depends on how much they can, firstly, enlarge, Lelo may well act as the driver of such enlargement, and secondly, create their own agenda for the municipal elections. The so-called third force should fight not for the voter of the UNM (many in the last elections did just that), but for the neutral voter and former dreamers.
Gela Vasadze, GSAC