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FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY
Our readers might know that throughout its existence, The Georgian Times has been supporting the idea that constitutional monarchy can be an appropriate system of governance for Georgia. Thus, we were happy to hear the statement of our Patriarch. We often touched on this topic in private talks with His Holiness, Illia II. The Patriarch’s words are never simple; his speech means that Georgians should think about ides that will result in reuniting Georgia.
There are political groups in Georgia with the spirit of revenge. If in their hands, the country will plunge back into chaos as a result. We have to solve many national issues. Unfortunately, no political force is able to offer a solution, and this is what the Patriarch had in mind when he proposed a constitutional monarchy.
The country needs a force which will unite the nation. Monarchy was a guarantee of unity throughout the centuries. This would have the same effect today as well.
A constitutional monarchy is a contemporary historical model that Georgia needs today. Our nation was, is and will always be an orthodox state. The proposal about constitutional monarchy will show us who the pseudo politicians are and who challenge orthodoxy.
I was a member of the Georgian Traditionalists’ Council in the 90s and we raised the issue to establish a constitutional monarchy in President Gamsakhurdia’s era. Zviad Gamsakhurdia had the chance to enter history as the person who would restore a monarchy. He was supported by the majority of parliament and could develop the relevant constitution. He was for the restoration of monarchy.
When Gamsakhurdia was elected he immediately contacted Giorgi, a descendent of the Bagrationi dynasty. Unfortunately certain forces prevented him to make successive steps; he was made to change his mind. However, perhaps the restoration of monarchy would have avoided the civil war and the dramatic developments of the early 90s. The impression I have now is that similar developments will take place again.
Saakashvili can also become a national hero. Presidents come and go but national heroes remain. Saakashvili can become a Georgian Franco- a hero of Spain who used the majority of parliament and developed a constitutional precondition to restore Spain’s monarchy. Nowadays, Spain is an irreversibly developing country. Unlike other states it conducts sovereign policy. The same may be done in Georgia as well.
If you love your native land you must leave the president’s post, introduce monarchy and establish a leader of the majority, i.e. prime minister. This will be an effective step. Putin made a similar step in Russia. He could have run for presidency for a third time and amend the constitution, but he made different decision. He will become a prime minister.
Moreover, monarchy may also be restored in Russia. In this case, Georgia-Russian relations will improve, as the Georgian and Russian royal families are relatives. The King of Spain, Juan Carlos is a relative of our royal family as well. There are predictions that a monarchy will be restored in Georgia. While talking about a monarchy the Patriarch did not mean the restoration of principality. This will be a public monarchy.
Currently monarchies have most successful economies. These are Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, etc. Obviously the Patriarch’s speech was not accidental. We also think that the restoration of a monarchy is the only true idea that can reunite the Georgian nation. We certainly welcome this idea and try will to support it. We have a film about the Bagrationi Dynasty; perhaps in the near future Imedi TV will show the film to society.
*President of The Georgian Times Media Holding