President Received Verbal Whipping
17 February, 2011
President Received Verbal Whipping

Unusual Debates in Georgian Parliament involving Mikheil Saakashvili

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili did not diverge from the tradition. He entered the hall with characteristically quick steps, being several minutes late. Before proceeding to his address, he asked foreign diplomats attending the event to stay till the end of the sitting, including the later part that was devoted to the debates. His argument was – “The question of democracy in the country is decided here, in this hall, not in some dark rooms.”

The President reported to the Parliament and the public for the seventh time. His address generated so much elation in the majority and MP Tortladze that the President had to be interrupted no less than 33 times to receive applause.
Saakashvili congratulated Khatuna Kalmakhelidze, Minister of Penitentiary System and Legal Assistance on her birthday. “Today Khatuna Kalmakhelidze reached adulthood and hopefully, from now on she can perform her tasks even better. I am not serious indeed because she does her job excellently,” – said the President and named those MPs who had been in contact with the Ministry previously.
“It is here that visions of the country need to be aired,” – these were the words that preceded the Presidential address. The President acknowledged that the biggest problems of Georgian population are inflated prices and expensive life.
150 millions of unknown origin for Agriculture
“I see a huge number of families who are desperate about increased prices. Many are scared of the future. They feel as if their lives are regressing,” – lamented Saakashvili. He advised to the MPs imagine the start of the day for a mom who counted every penny for family use and who then learnt suddenly that sugar and vegetable oil prices soared to 3 and 4 Lari accordingly. Besides, he suggested to the MPs imagine also an unemployed man who was at a loss what to tell his wife and his children and who knew that tomorrow bread would be even more expensive.” The President gave still more food for thought. This time he framed an image of a student and his or her hardship, strife to reduce expensive meat in the ratio.
“For me, every day starts with these thoughts,” – admitted the President, adding that his every thought is a thought of all these people. He promised to do everything to bring back hope to them and help overtake their despair. Yet, he did not fail to note that prices are on the rise not only in Georgia but in the whole world. In contrast to the rest of the world he vowed to take effective steps. “I am not going to become wet blaming the global nature of the process for everything. We ought to find a local solution. We have to protect economy from inflation,” – announced Saakashvili.
For that to happen, he promised to the population to distribute first of all 30-Lari food vouchers. He remarked that just like electric power voucher, the food voucher could be given to another family. He said this would be another small help of the State to the impoverished.
“This step will help us get around the worst quarter where prices are most unstable. Hence, the 30-Lari support will be a short-term retreat for every hard-press family,” – pointed  out Mikheil Saakashvili.
The second initiative foresees increase in the funding of agriculture. According to the President, the reason for the funding is the need to help develop local agriculture to counter rising prices. He said that if Georgia had had a much more developed agriculture today, the country would have stood up to the soaring food prices with more vigor; that is why the President vows to allocate 150 million Lari for the development of the sector. He claimed that Georgia will increase its wheat production by 35% no later than 2013, which in turn would decrease country’s dependency on fluctuations of world market prices.
2013 replaced with 2015
In previous years the President used to set the end of his office as a deadline for this or other milestones. Now though, he specified the date in the year of 2015. All of his promises fall on 2015.
He pointed out that the major priority was creation of jobs because unemployment was a single major hindering factor on the way to the country’s development. Simultaneously he highlighted ongoing construction of roads, railway lines, and gasification.
“All these represent a guarantee of new jobs and economic opportunities for our people. Without them, there is no room for even dreaming of economic success,” – said Saakashvili. That is why all the regions will have good roads by 2015.
Talking about improvement of infrastructure in the country, the President raised the issue of water supply in regions. He promised that by 2015 all the Georgian towns and large settlements would be equipped with modern water supply systems.
In the same year, Georgia would have as much as 17 hydropower stations in operation. The President stated that construction of these stations would create new jobs and double electricity production in the country.
The year of 2015 would witness also completion of oil refinery construction. As the President noted, the Government is already negotiating the subject with foreign partners. Saakashvili asserted that the refinery would meet all the requirements of the country in oil products and help reduce fuel prices.
Debates in the Parliament
During his visits to the Parliament, the President was most irritated by Christian-Democrats. This year, he managed to restrain himswlf during the speech of the CD party member Giorgi Akhvlediani but lost his head (as pupils may do during exams) in the face of the Levan Vepkhvadze’s address and asked him - Vepkhvadze – to specify the source of what he was talking about.
Giorgi Akhvlediani stated that every year the President promises better life and future to the country but every year the deadline was put off to later years.
“Could you possibly allow an exception and give us adequate answers. Otherwise, debates loose sense. If the Authorities are not adequate, holding the ruling position looses sense,” – said Akhvlediani.
CD Party called President to look behind his own “distorting mirror”. If the President  looked into the distorting mirror, he would notice severe social problems, innocent people killed, millions of people subsisting on the verge of total hunger, injustice and so on.
“Experience it yourself – no light, no wood, no money. Then see if we really overtook Switzerland or it is the other way round,” – turned Akhvlediani to the President. He reminded to the National Movement that they must be thankful to IDPs that they are at the top of the state power.
The IDP issue featured in the core of another oppositioner’s speech. Paata Davitaia proposed to the President to choose those actions which would soften hearts of Abkhazians and Ossetians. Davitaia was content that last year Georgia succeeded on the international arena in view of the word “occupation” taking its due place in the diplomatic vocabulary. At the same time, the Government needs to give more attention to its citizens. In this way, Abkhazians and Ossetians would not be put off to turn their faces back.
The President interrupted CD Levan Vepkhvadze around the time when the latter was talking about the potential of the country to have cheaper gas than it is today. The President asked Vepkhvadze to name a country where gas is cheaper than in Georgia.
“You are lying fundamentally. Don’t you believe in God?” – appealed the President to Vepkhvadze. The Christian-Democrat though reminded to the President that Georgia is not using its agreement with Azerbaijan, nor is it making Gazprom pay for the transit. The confrontation between the President and the opposition re-ignited around the issue of corruption too. The speaker pronounced a word “elite corruption”, explanation of which was immediately demanded by the President. Details of elite corruption were explained to the head of Georgia by Giorgi Targamadze, leader of the Parliamentary Minority, who pointed towards the President Saakashvili as the one sitting at the apex of the corruption pyramid. According to Targamadze, there are two types of corruption: the first is when money goes directly into pockets, and the other is when tax payments go to the budget but its spending defies any control.
“This is the corruption, where you sit at the top,” – Targamadze  told  the President. As an example, Targamadze noted that the President had a nice web site where anyone could relish beauty of the Presidential Palace but there are no Presidential decrees on the site in fact.
“This is a sort of corruption when one cannot find and guess where the money goes,” – complained Targamadze. He advised  the President to change attitudes to the current problems or face mubarakization.

 

Print
Other Stories
Tbilisi sign may appear on the Funicular hill
Hollywood has become a source of inspiration for many people worldwide. A similar idea from a Tbilisi citizen sounds very clever and attractive.
Russia was at an undeclared war with Georgia for years - Matthew Bryza
I think anybody who has observed how Russia has been conducting its war in Ukraine should realize that Russia was at war with Georgia, an undeclared war for years,
Tbilisi Park is due to open in Buenos-Aires
Tbilisi Park is due to open in the capital of Argentina, Buenos-Aires. The decision was recently made by the city parliament.
Young people detained by occupying forces in the Truso gorge
Some young Georgian hikers have recently been detained by armed forces in the Truso gorge. They have been accused of illegally crossing the so-called border into the occupied Tskhinvali region.
Wildfire in Khashuri, Tseda village
Fire broke out yesterday in Khashuri, Tseda village, in the forest.
Travel between Ukraine and Georgia for both countries’ citizens to be allowed only by electronic ID cards
The Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze has announced that the citizens of Georgia and Ukraine will be able to travel in and out of both countries using only electronic ID cards.
Why does the Georgians love John McCain?
John McCain, Senator, and former Presidential candidate of the USA died on the 25th of August, 2018. He was diagnosed with lioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer last year.
The IBSU Conundrum
Teachers, students and students-to-be all took to the streets when the news broke that the International Black Sea University, one of the most highly regarded universities in the country, wouldn’t be admitting new students into its ranks this year.
Angela Merkel arrives in Georgia
German chancellor Angela Merkel has already arrived in Georgia.
German media about possible reasons for  Merkel’s visit to Georgia
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Tbilisi today, expectations are high and both the Georgian and German media are speculating about the possible results of the visit.
Angela Merkel to visit Georgia on August 23
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Georgia on the 23rd of August. Her plan is to visit the Caucasus states of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Georgian presidential candidate to Journalists –“Shake your brain!”
“Journalists should shake their brains” – said Georgian presidential candidate, Salome Zurabishvili to journalists.
What does Giorgi Margvelashvili own?
The presidential election will be held on 28th of October, 2018 in Georgia. The President Giorgi Margvelashvili has not yet confirmed his participation in the election.
"Father returned for mother ... then the bomb landed …”
10 years on, this is a different August. But this month is a time of remembrance and of hard memories and hurt.
The World talks about the 2008 war
On the tenth anniversary of the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia, 20% of Georgia continues to be occupied by Russian military forces who also seem intent of further encroachment on Georgian territory.
Georgia hosts high ranking guests for the 10th anniversary of the 2008 war
Ten years have passed since the Russian military intervention in Georgia,in August, 2008.
 10 Years Anniversary of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia – “Mission supports stability and security on the ground”
10 years have now passed since the August 2008 war between Georgia and Russia and still we face a huge daily threat. Certain parts of Georgia continue to be occupied even today.
Heroin seized near Georgia-Azerbaijan State Border
Border Police from the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs have arrested a 28 year old individual.
After ten years from the 2008 war, borderization continues
It is ten years since the 2008 August war between Russia and Georgia.
Multinational Noble Partner training 2018 has launched
The multinational Noble Partner training 2018 commenced on the 1st of August.
National Democratic Institute publishes the latest survey
Poll results released today by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and CRRC Georgia show growing dissatisfaction about the state of the country’s economy, environment, and political climate going into the presidential election.
Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze needs 5 more Regional Governors
At a recent Government press conference Mamuka Bakhtadze, the Prime Minister of Georgia, announced that new Governors for the following regions are required:
German government plans to recognize Georgia among safe countries
The German government will shortly approve a law, which enables the countries such as Georgia, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria to be recognized as safe countries
Latvian MEP Andrejs Mamikins about Georgia’s prospects for EU membership
Georgia is a country that wants to become member of the EU, but how does it look from Brussels?
Military equipment and techniques created by Georgians
Delta is a Military, Scientific and Technical Provider.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
18.09.2018
19.09.2018
USD
1
USD
2.6156
2.6188
EUR
1
EUR
3.0498
3.0593
GBP
1
GBP
3.4259
3.4414
RUB
100
RUB
3.8379
3.8673
Other Stories
On 26 May, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, joined celebrations in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi
Violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by Assad regime has been strictly criticized
Exactly one year ago, Georgia was granted visa-free travel with the European Union.
Georgia’s ex-president president Mikheil Saakashvili's supporters managed to free detained Mikheil Saakashvili in the center of Kiev.
The US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly congratulates Georgia on Independence Day.
The regulations on the introduction of visa-free travel for citizens of Georgia have been officially signed in Brussels.
The entire Georgia is involved in Secret Santa game, which means that people are sending gifts to each other secretly
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia is taking part in NATO Ministerial underway in Brussels, Belgium.
A special squad has been mobilized at the 48th polling station in Marneuli, Kvemo Kartli region.
Two politicians in Georgia have come to blows during a live TV debate ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections, Euronews reports.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6188
EUR
1
EUR
3.0593
GBP
1
GBP
3.4414
RUB
100
RUB
3.8673
September 2018
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30