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People wish Mishiko to become part of history2010-12-31 15:29
Georgia has always been associated with wine, mineral water, resorts and hospitality. Now the associations have changed, having retained their strength, though: Mikheil Saakashvili, Grigol Vashadze, Veronika Kobalia, Khatuna Kalmakhelidze and David Baramidze are the new symbols of the Caucasian republic that often cause a mixed feeling of perplexity and shame. On the New Year eve, GeorgiaTimes offered the people of Sakartvelo to voice their wishes addressed to the Georgian leader and the country's government.
Not everyone agreed to take part in the New Year project, of course. Mikheil Nikolozovitch and company did everything possible this year to set the majority of voters against his team. On hearing the name of the recipient of their greetings, potential congratulators refused to say anything. Still, some leaders of the oppositional parties and public movements addressed several words to the government and the head of Georgia.
"I'd like to speak not only on my behalf but also on behalf of the Christian-Democrats. We believe there were many mistakes this year that became a problem for the whole country later on - notably, I mean the situation in the field of education, agriculture and health care. This is what our electors need in the first place, I mean those people who in due time came out to support the parties running in the elections. The government should not be just watching out of their offices and car windows; it should come out and meet the representatives of various layers of society and then take decisions on budget and legislation and the issues concerning the people. I'd like to wish the governors to become closer to their people in 2011, the people for whom they are working and who pay them a salary", - said Levan Vepkhvadze, vice speaker of parliament and one of the leaders of the Christian-Democratic Movement fraction.
His viewpoint is shared by his associate Nikoloz Lalishvili: "Let the coming year be more successful for Georgia than 2010. I wish everyone wisdom and stamina so that the rights steps were more efficient".
In the expiring year, the Georgian government made a lot of steps that became laughing matters, both among the electors and the media. Guided by the leader of the state, governors promised to improve utility infrastructure by the next year, build comfortable prisons for dozens of thousands of their citizens, as well as obtain one billion dollars for the needs of the Caucasian republic and lay down all the tea plantations with blackberry. Besides, on the threshold of the New Year, the government passed a law denying the change of nationality to many Georgians.
"I wish Mikheil Saakashvili to pay more attention to human rights defense in the country. He should focus more on the abuse of power by tax police and persecution of people on political grounds. I wish there were more justice in the country and the people were not divided into friends and aliens. I wish the government to treat their job not as the people belonging to a certain political party but as those who were elected to govern the country that belongs to each of the citizens regardless of their political commitment", - Arnold Stepanyan, chairman of the Multinational Georgian public movement expressed his wishes.
The wishes voiced by some oppositional representatives were rather original, though.
"I would like never to see Mikheil Saakashvili next year, at least, as president. I wish the government the same thing, for the government is him. That's my original New Year wish", - Irina Sarishvili, leader of the Imedi party, said.