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№133 Georgia - between a dream and reality
№133 Georgia - between a dream and reality

Author(s): Marek Matusiak
Subject(s): Governance, Economic policy, Developing nations, Geopolitics
Published by: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Georgia; developing nation
Summary/Abstract: Following several years of political turmoil triggered by constitutional reform (a shift from a presidential to a semi-presidential system) and electoral reshuffles (parliamentary elections in 2012; presidential elections in 2013), the political situation in Georgia has stabilised: key posts in the country are now in the hands of democratically elected members of the Georgian Dream coalition. Despite its mosaic-like structure and internaltensions, Georgian Dream remains strong and enjoys high levels of public support. This puts it in good stead to play a central role in Georgian politics in the foreseeable future, including securing victory in the local government elections scheduled for June.However, local billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili does not currently hold a political office - despite the fact that he is the founder, sponsor and undisputed leader of the coalition, as well as former prime minister and the most popular public figure in Georgia (besides Patriarch Ilia II).. This raises several questions, for example: Who is really at the helm of the Georgian state? What is the long-term vision of the current government? The past achievements of the politically heterogeneous Georgian Dream - dominated by Mr Ivanishvili - offer little help in answering these questions.

  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: English