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International Crisis Group: decisions in Georgia are taken by a group of people2010-12-14 14:49
"Georgian government remains extremely centralized both vertically and horizontally. Despite the fact that the party in power has got the majority of seats in parliament and regional administrations, the basic decisions in the country are taken by a relatively small group of people", - that's the main conclusion made by International Crisis Group in its report.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to the authors of the report, the president not only retained his popularity after the August war but even managed to strengthen his positions, including through public dissatisfaction at Russia's decision to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He has got an image of a "pro-western hero fighting some Russian scoundrels", - the report goes.
In the opinion of the report authors, Saakashvili has not yet chosen a successor and so one can expect any "surprises".
According to one of the authors, Lawrence Sheets, two years after the war, the government took several serious attempts to add more transparency to the decision-making process. For instance, opposition and civil organizations were invited to discuss the draft constitution.
However, as the report goes, such attempts may turn out to be insufficient in the context of the expected parliamentary and presidential elections. It is necessary to focus primarily on a fair electoral system, judicial power freedom and media independence.