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Georgian opposition split over Russian issue

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The current leader of the Georgia's Way opposition party Salome Zurabishvili on Tuesday slammed the initiative of several other opposition groups to set up ties with Russia.

The current leader of the Georgia's Way opposition party Salome Zurabishvili on Tuesday slammed the initiative of several other opposition groups to set up ties with Russia.

"I returned to Georgia not to implement the 'Russian plan' and I will not accept the fact that democracy is impossible in Georgia," she said.

Pro-Western Zurabishvili, an ex-Georgian foreign minister, was forced to resign in 2005 after a confrontation between the parliament and the foreign ministry. She was also criticized for her personnel policy, including alleged nepotism in the appointment of ambassadors and a ban on their direct contact with parliament.

According to her, an anomalous situation has arisen in Georgia, when only politicians who are seeking relations with Russia are considered to be the opposition, hinting at the key Georgian opposition leaders Nino Burdzhanadze and Zurab Nogaideli.

Zurabishvili believes only democratic elections, which she has called a "peaceful struggle," could solve the problematic political situation in the country.

According to Zurabishvili, current President Mikheil Saakashvili is "in agony."

 

TBILISI, March 23 (RIA Novosti)

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