Friday 30 January 2009

New crisis in Georgia?

Well, it doesn't look like a new war in Georgia (despite the recent dispute over an allegedly deserted soldier with Russia), but it seems as if the Caucasian country faces internal troubles:
Georgia's scattered political opposition gathered Thursday to demand the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili and called for early presidential and parliamentary elections. [...] The declaration Thursday involved the broadest coalition of opposition groups to date [...].
Looks like a very typical movement in semi-autocratic countries where confrontational democracy-imitating politics meets rather autocratic leadership.

I am not sure that I find this very encouraging for the peace in the region; hopefully Mr. Saakashvilli will not use this to run a new confrontational course with its neighbours in order to re-produce the boost in popular acceptance he had last summer.