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Ugulava the decorative president2011-07-22 20:49
Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava is always open for communication with the press; he is always tactful and kind. In his city, everything is all right and if any problems occur, all of them are easily solved. Now President Mikhail Saakashvili's supporter asserts that several socio-economical projects are being realized in the Georgian capital at once; they are aimed at reducing the unemployment level and support of the unprotected groups of citizens. Doesn't it look like a fairy tale, Mr. Mayor?
Saakashvili's supporter asserts that several socio-economical projects are being realized in the Georgian capital at once; they are aimed at reducing the unemployment level and support of the unprotected groups of citizens. Doesn't it look like a fairy tale, Mr. Mayor?
"When asked whether I am pleased, I can definitely give a negative answer, - Mayor of the Georgian capital says humbly. - I am not satisfied with the work done. This is no PR and this is no pre-election rhetoric that we used to have. First of all, I am dissatisfied with the fact that unemployment and a high poverty level remain number-one problems in Tbilisi. There is a lot to be done despite our achievements but even the critically-minded experts admit that there have been great positive changes in the development of Tbilisi".
The changes in the Georgian capital are real and happen every day. Though, they are not as positive as Ugulava says. Firstly, the number of unemployed Tbilisians is constantly growing. More and more people leave the city for other countries, seeking for a job, which fact is confirmed by a rich Georgian expatriate community abroad plus illegal migrants in the European Union. Secondly, refugees from Abkhazia and South Ossetia are forcibly evicted from Tbilisi to the regions of the republic - those socially unprotected citizens whom Ugulava boasted to take care of. Either the Mayor has his head in the clouds, or he is openly playing cunning. Reading his interviews, one feels that the city governor's statements rather resemble pre-election slogans.
"A city is a constantly growing organism, - the Mayor says. - That is why it always needs new initiatives; it constantly faces new problems and new demands. This is an everyday competition and everyday effort needed to realize these ideas. Thus, any mayor may be dissatisfied. You can be satisfied just for a second and then the work goes on; it actually lasts for as long as you hold this post".