Thomas de Waal: Saakashvili is still quite popular
According to a senior expert at the Carnegie Endowment Thomas de Waal, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili still enjoys enough popularity in the country. As the "GHN" reported, this opinion the expert stated in his article in The National Interest. Moreover, the expert claims that Saakashvili's main problem is just not a lack of ideas, but its abundance.
"The main challenge is the economy. Georgia considers itself a country with a successful economy, on the similarity of Turkey, but its main achievements were scored in 2004-2008. In Turkey, they are afraid of overheating. Georgia is only dreaming about such problems. The ultra-liberal approach, which provided a rapid influx of investment in 2006-2008, could do nothing with entrenched poverty" - said de Waal.
"The last year, Georgia had a fairly healthy economic growth, however, there is still high unemployment and inflation for food at 30 percent. Countries that had once been rich in its agricultural products, now imports four fifths of products. According to a survey in Last November, one-fourth of the population do not have sufficient funds for food" - says an expert in his article.
According to him, accounting all of these problems, the multi-party politics in Georgia is becoming more attractive.