Georgian government sees Alasania as a threat, expert says
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 6
By Claude Salhani - Trend:
The government of Georgia sees the former defense minister, Irakli Alasania, as a threat, an expert on the Caucasus, based in Georgia, told Trend Nov. 6 on condition of anonymity.
"Officially, the Georgian government wants to say this is a matter of corruption," the expert said commenting on Alasania's recent resignation as Georgia's defense minister.
"That is doubtful," he added. "Closer to the truth is the fact that the government sees the most popular minister of the 'Georgian Dream' ruling coalition, Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, as a threat, also because he likes NATO."
"Alasania is also liked by the West," the expert said. "There are rumors that he was planning to make a move at the next elections."
The expert went on to say that Georgians are tired, they want stability and don't want a new revolution.
"But the business community wants to move forward. They are fed up with the economic situation," he added.
Earlier, on Nov. 5, the Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze announced about her resignation.
Panjikidze's resignation came after the Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said he sacked the Defense Minister Irakli Alasania on Nov. 4, following a meeting of the 'Georgian Dream' bloc's political council.
After Alasania, his colleague and friend, the State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili resigned as well.
Edited by SI