Saakashvili once again leaves open question of his political future
Georgia, Tbilisi, June 5 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili again avoided direct answer to the question of whether he will try to take the post of prime minister after the resignation from the presidency.
Saakashvili said at a joint press conference with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Batumi on Tuesday that for him now the main thing is not "what will happen to individuals and individual politicians, but the fact that the country has created strong institutions, developing democracy."
In this regard, he stressed that his actions are aimed at strengthening these institutions.
"We have introduced the right to vote in local government elections, mayor of Tbilisi is also elected, this creates a stable system, as well as the process of decentralization of power in Georgia, for which the transfer of the Parliament of Georgia to Kutaisi also serves. We must make democracy irreversible and there is no question of personalities, there is a question about the development of the institutions ensuring the country's democratic development," Saakashvili said.
He was supported by Clinton, who said that although she has no right to comment on the decision of the leader of an independent state, she realized what Saakashvili meant.
"Mr. President said that the country needs stable institutions for the development of democracy, while leaders come and go, and we respect the decision on the transfer of power in the 2013 presidential election," she said.
Under the new Constitution of Georgia, which will come into force in 2013, the main person of the state will be the prime minister and the president's rights are sharply limited. The opposition claims that the Georgian president can stay in power as prime minister.