So Saakashvili is now willing to reform the constitution to transfer more power from the president to the prime minister.
Or so it says here
Gigi Ugulava, an influential mayor of Tbilisi and a close ally of President Saakashvili, said on May 12, that the authorities were offering the opposition to develop jointly draft of new constitution "in the shortest timeframes."
Now where do I remember that happening before? Didn't Yanukovich and Kuchma cobble together some similar constitutional reform at the last minute, in the hope of blocking the success of the Orange Revolution and anything a new radical President might do?
And look where that has ended up: frequent appeals to the Constitutional Court to unscramble the mess they created, a complete stalemate between the President and Parliament (and don't tell me Georgia won't be able to find equally stubborn candidates for the two posts), and not much progress on any front. As an example of the mess, take the recent decision to approve the austerity package so IMF money could be disbursed, when Tymoshenko had to circumvent Parliament, adopting measures in an emergency session of the government.
At the very least the Georgian government ought to get some assistance from countries where constitutions work and not do it themselves.
But Saakashvili is a lawyer. Sigh.