Georgia, a state of 4.7 million inhabitants, smaller than Tunisia, has realized tremendous achievements during just five years since the Rose Revolution of November 2003. Following the visit of the Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Baramidze, I’ve become more curious to know about the Color Revolutions and looking forward for our government to-at least- learning from them.
Few but radical changes have courageously been made by the new government of Georgia.
First of all, the government has understood that corruption is the core problem that creates inequality. In fact, radical measures to fight corruption have been seriously implemented. Reforms have been carried out in the education, justice, economic and the public service systems but one of the successful reforms is Georgia’s Police reform. In 2004,indeed , 40000out of 630000 offices of police were fired in one day and the salary of police, instead, increased 10 times since 2003.Besides, 4000 police of the traffic were fired under Minister of Internal Affairs Vano Merabishvili and the streets remained with no police for 3 months till new policemen were trained and given new uniforms equipment. Outstanding results has been shown that now Georgia has a police trusted by 81% of the public in comparison to the Soviet-styled force having almost no public support and deeply marred in corruption some six years ago-according to the opinion poll conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI)- Mr. Giorgi has given a tangible example when he stated: “My wife has been deprived from the license for a year which was unthinkable years ago”. In fact, many people have lost their “chairs”, power and privileges but many people supported the outcome of the reform as the Vice Prime Minister confirmed.Besides, 6 MPs of the ruling party, 14 judges, 1064 policemen and 213 taxers has been arrested.