Latest update: 30/05/2012
- Caucasus - Georgia - Mikheil Saakashvili - Russia - Russian politics
Emergence of opposition tests Georgian democracy
Until recently, the former Soviet state of Georgia was without any credible opposition to President Mikheil Saakashvili's powerful ruling party. Then billionaire philanthropist Bidzina Ivanishvili entered the fray. The Georgian government accuses him of being pro-Russia, an accusation he denies. But the battle for power is a key test of Georgia's democratic development.
By Markus MEYER