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In Georgia it’s like being in Congo2009-04-03 15:50
British economists have lumped Georgia in with countries with a low political stability index, such as Congo, Uzbekistan and Greece. This comparison with the African state has provoked stormy discussions. Moreover, nobody thinks that the situation is stable, but those involved in the dispute completely disagree about who is to blame and what effect this has on the economy.
In a ranking of political instability compiled by the British agency The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Georgia found itself alongside Greece, Uzbekistan and Congo occupying 74th-71st places. According to the results of the research, overall the level of political instability in the world has grown significantly over the last two years. Of the 165 countries included in the ranking, in 151 of them the situation has worsened. The experts took into consideration economic and political indicators, starting with the infant mortality rate and ending with GDP per head of population. The top ten most unstable countries is made up of Zimbabwe, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (not the one that Georgia is being compared with), Cambodia, Sudan, Iraq,
Côte d'Ivoire, Haiti, Pakistan and Zambia, reports RBK.Rating.
In comparison, the most stable political system, according to the EIU, is in Norway which tops the ranking in 165th place, and the USA shared 108th-112th place alongside Iceland, France, Bhutan and Togo. Ukraine is in 18th place in this list, Estonia is 57th, Latvia 59th, and Russia 66th. Which means that these post-Soviet republics, according to the EIU, appear even more unstable than Georgia. But the pro-governmental forces leapt on the comparison of Tbilisi with Africa's Brazzaville as ammunition to once again put pressure on the opposition.
As Georgi Godabrelidze, member of the parliamentary majority and former deputy finance minister, told Radio Kommersant, the instability undoubtedly prevents investment from being attracted into the country. And in his opinion, Russia is to blame for Georgia's low ranking. Godabrelidze recalled Sergey Lavrov's statement that a change of government in Georgia was to be expected. "When an unconstitutional regime change takes place, this gives rise to instability," he continued his thoughts on Russia, intimating that he regards it as the boss of the Georgian opposition. Another pro-presidential parliamentarian, Vakhtang Balavadze, came to the same conclusion: "Even today Russia is saying that the war with Georgia is not over. In those conditions, Georgia's appearance on the list of unstable countries is no surprise."