Some of the prime minister’s public statements, in which he has talked about pursuing UNM officials until they stop “hysterically lying”, have the flavour of a witch hunt.
Having criticised Mr Saakashvili for using state institutions for political ends, Mr Ivanishvili should give the judiciary space in which to do its work independently. Inquiries into the last government’s conduct would command more confidence if there is less shouting from politicians on the sidelines.
Mr Saakashvili’s allies are warning that such conduct puts Georgian democracy at risk. While that is too alarmist, the premier’s high-handedness is not without cost. Unchecked it could undermine the country’s efforts to integrate more closely with the European Union and Nato. This is one of the Rose revolution’s better legacies. Mr Ivanishvili should not undermine it.
November 26, 2012
Editorial–Georgia’s bad dream
When President Mikheil Saakashvili swiftly conceded his party’s defeat to his fierce rival, Bidzina Ivanishvili, after last month’s Georgian parliamentary elections, it raised hopes that the transfer of power might avoid the score-settling that has disfigured the country’s post-Soviet politics.
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