Kakhaber Kemoklidze, the former head of the government administration, expressed his opinion on social media regarding the hearing held in the US Senate on March 23, entitled “Bolstering Democracy in Georgia.”
He notes that in the last 8-9 years, this was the first instance that such extremely negative statements have been expressed in the US Senate in relation to the Georgian government and, in some cases, the radical steps taken by the opposition.
Kemoklidze also touches upon the resignation of Giorgi Gakharia as PM and says that the American partners assessed Gakharia’s resignation as a correct and principled decision, as it served the purpose of preventing further radicalization and polarization.
“My humble opinion regarding yesterday’s hearing in the US Senate:
1. In the last 8-9 years, this is the first instance that such extremely negative statements have been expressed in the US Senate in relation to the Georgian government and, in some cases, the radical steps taken by the opposition;
2. Friends and partners are surprisingly well-informed regarding the ongoing processes in Georgia, which means that their “Staffers”, as well as organizations outside the legislative / state apparatus, are closely monitoring ongoing processes in our country;
3. American Senators confirmed the feeling that we all had – Russia is taking advantage (with minimum costs) of the current political crisis, and political polarization has become a challenge to Georgia’s national security;
4. Our American friends offered the Georgian political establishment a ready-made vision for overcoming the crisis – to leave a short-term political agenda aside, to overcome polarization in order to protect the state interests, and to continue building democracy step by step;
5. American partners assessed Gakharia’s resignation as a correct and principled decision, as it served the purpose of preventing further radicalization and polarization;
6. Yesterday’s hearing made it clear that we are a step away to putting financial leverage into action. This was a clear public signal that the state has no right to make more mistakes on its path to democratic development!
“P.S. Now it is of utmost importance to analyze the messages from our friends and strategic partners in an adequate manner (and not through a narrow party prism) and reflect this in concrete steps. Any attempt by the opposing sides to tailor individual messages taken out of context in favor of their own interests will be completely pointless and even more counterproductive,” Kemoklidze wrote.
Kakha Kemoklidze resigned as the head of government administration on February 25, 2021, following the resignation of Giorgi Gakharia as PM due to differences of opinion about the arrest of Nika Melia, the leader of the National Movement. He expressed his gratitude to the former Prime Minister Gakharia and wished the current PM Irakli Garibashvili success in his work.