The fortunes of monarchy the world over continue to wax and wane. Just as our dear King Gyanendra’s position as sovereign lord of Nepal appears increasingly dicey, a prominent politician in Georgia has called for the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in his former Soviet republic.
Former Georgian Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili, who heads the opposition party Georgia’s Way, said, “The best way of the country’s future state structure is a constitutional monarchy. The present system of government – presidential republic – does not prove its worth, and we have to think over transition to a constitutional monarchy.”
Ever more Georgian politicians have been speaking out of late in favour of abolishing the post of president introduced in 1991. A year and a half ago, Georgy Khaindrava, was the first to initiate the idea of creating a constitutional monarchy, and suggested that a representative of the Bagrationi Tsar Dynasty should be proclaimed a monarch, as “this dynasty ruling Georgia from the 9th to early 19th century made an invaluable contribution to the country’s development.”
As fate would have it, one of the dynasty’s prominent descendants – Jorge de Bagration or Prince Giorgi Bagrationi of Moukhrani – returned from Spain to Georgia last year.
Of course, there are a number of monarchs presently out of work who might also like to express an interest in the role of Tsar of Georgia, should the vacancy be officially advertised. King Constantine II of Greece, Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi (rightful Shah of Iran) and Crown Prince Sharif Ali bin al-Hussein (rightful King of Iraq) are all among those queuing up at the royal job centre. However, perhaps King Gyanendra might also like to put his name down, for what better monarch could Georgia hope for than one as experienced, tried and tested as the great man himself? (Well, perhaps not.)