Khajimba’s Star Hasn’t Lit
For nearly ten years Khajimba assaulted the top of executive power, he was a prime minister and vice-president, but he has not reached his goal. Now he made an attempt to take revenge in the legislature, but failed again - the new Speaker of the Abkhazian Parliament became Valery Bganba clearly yielding Khajimba in political reputation and brightness of his service record. Why is the former head of Gagra Administration, whom many ordinary voters do not even know by sight, surely boated the former prime minister and vice president?
At least there are two reasons. First suggests itself, and lies in the current reluctance of the executive branch to have a member of the opposition of many years as a speaker. Authorities, surely, consulted and prepared the ground for a desirable result of elections, which is a banal worldwide practice. But the opposition, apparently, was sure that the political popularity of their leader, would so much outbid all other candidates that it did not consider it necessary to "earth up " other members of the Parliament for any possible common interests and strategies. This suggests either a political inexperience of a current parliamentary opposition (any elections must be prepared, not relying on "maybe"), or about its stagnation.
The second reason is that Raul Khajimba had no evident political energy that could draw neutral members. I will not speak now about a notorious charisma, that people today like leaders to display, but that for ten years of political battles Raul Dzhumkovich has not added his political weight. There is still no sound program for the development of the country, any bright ideas, no fresh fellow fighters in his close circle. For four and a half years of his vice-presidency, not burdened by excessive work, one could easily raise his education in the field of modern management, global finance, foreign policy, etc. ( To get clever books nowadays is not a problem) and to make up an efficient competition for his rivals. Any ambitious politician would use this time to intensify internal work, to form new political relationships and attraction of the electorate.
Remaining an ordinary member of parliament, Khajimba virtually put an end to his political career. It is unlikely that the opposition of the Parliament, which is not even a third part ( 11 deputies voted for Khajimba of 35), can play a significant role. As with the previous composition, the new Parliament will support the executive branch of power, not laying claim to their own importance and independence.
By the way, partly our literary fraternity is to be blamed in the political insensibility of the Parliament. As a rule, we describe only the current session of the National Assembly, but there are no analytical materials of this or that convocation at all. Who among us can say what is the difference between one convocation of the parliament from the other? For twenty years after the war no any political portrait of the Abkhaz deputy has been done, not even memories of the work of the "golden» Parliament. At the end of the term of the members we do not try to assess their performance in general - well, gone, and God be with them. Neither the voters require them to report of their campaign promises, not journalists. Therefore, deputies bliss, as if they have only rights but not duties.