The paper analyses the weaknesses in the political opposition in Georgia before the local government elections in 2006. At the time the opposition was boycotting parliament and threatening to boycott the local elections. The paper tries to acheive three tasks. First, to provides a history of the political situation at the time. Second, it explains the political terrain and the different relationships between the key players. Third, it tries to analyse and assess the different arguments for the political opposition's ineffectiveness.
The paper concludes that the even though the electoral system favors the incumbent, the weaknesses of the political opposition in Georgia are not the result of the structural flaws in the electoral system. Instead, they are the result three main facts, the governments strength following the Rose Revolution, poor organisation on the part of the opposition themselves and a political culture that encourages inflammatory rhetoric over long-term strategic planning.