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Change of power starts in Dmanisi2013-01-23 17:01
Today, the whole of Georgia hopes for the new government. Everyone is waiting for changes. And, despite the fact that election to the self-governments won't be held until 2014, the real process of the change of power has already begun. The example is Dmanisi, a city in the south-east of the country. The locals have a lot of problems, but with the advent of the new power they have a hope for their speedy resolution.
In some of the administrative regions of Georgia the change of power runs calmly, and in others, for example in Abasha or Lanchkhuti - quite noisy and with the excesses. "Nationals", as people joke, are "gradually dying out". The same is observed in Dmanisi. But the process of the change of power runs peacefully.
Both the local Georgians and representatives of national minorities, in particular the Azerbaijanis, live in peace and friendship here. All of them live in anticipation of a better future: first of all, they want jobs, to be able to feed families and to pay taxes.
Only at the request of the people the gamgebeli and the chairman of sakrebulo were changed painlessly. According to the "Nationals", during the election a member of the party, majoritarian MP of Dmanisi Kakha Okriashvili has betrayed them by going to the side of the new government with the mercenary purpose - to save his business. Although, he considers absurd any accusations.
Today the new gamgebeli of Dmanisi Gogi Barbakadze says: "Radical change won't happen. We will try to keep all professional staff, as well as to place all the capable people in a job". Also, the new government has announced that special attention would be paid to the comprehensive development of the area.
Dmanisi residents openly speak about the problems; however, many of them prefer not to name the names. For example, market traders ask the abolition of cash registers and the introduction of the fixed tax.
"We're trading for pennies from the morning till the evening. Here are not a lot of buyers, Dmanisi is a small town. Last year, I was fined for lack of a cash register, and I am still paying this fine. Before the parliamentary elections we were promised to abolish cash registers, but now no one speaks about this", complains one of the traders.