Georgian President names agreement with opposition parties a 'breakthrough'
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 27 /Trend/ N.Kirtzkhalia
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili named agreement achieved with major political parties on reforming the Electoral Code an important political breakthrough in relations with opposition.
"Upon the opposition' demands, we agreed thereto that I do not like personally," Saakashvili said. "This includes increasing the number of members of the parliament. I do not like it, but to change the Electoral Code was one of the main demands of the opposition. I know that the party of our friend and my counterpart in Poland, on the contrary, demands cutting the number of MPs. That was our compromise with the opposition, because we want a voting system so that the election result would be legitimate, and the interests of the entire social spectrum would be taken into account."
He said Georgia is different from everyone else in this sense.
"We believe that the democracy for us is a kind of protection in this complicated geopolitical environment in which we are," the president said. We have a pluralistic media. Georgians are not particularly dependent on foreign television, because they can watch any TV and get acquainted with any press in their place. We have a well-developed political class, which is also a serious protection in order to avoid inner destabilization. I believe that in terms of trade, reform, development and quality we will become the center of the region.".