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only two years ago you were making your first steps in politics meanwhile georgia is transformed from a presidential republic into a constitutional republic and all of a sudden you find yourself holding practically absolute power. were you expecting something this huge. amount of frankly i never expected it to happen. however life is a strange thing and it's full of surprises i mean office or position does not imply luxury neither is it a matter of honor fame once position implies a responsibility more than anything else it is the duty i have assumed before my country and my people and it is the responsibility i have before mr biggs anyone who severely who has put his trust in me and in trusted me with the fate of our country i'm extremely mart of ated i moderated to do it quality job in every way
no matter what i do and most importantly i moderated to be honest to my people in my country we should live in a way that we are never ashamed to look back at him with this is my guiding principle this is the principle that has guided me throughout my whole life. nobody doubts your sense of responsibility but do you have enough experience to govern the country with your thirty one the youngest prime minister in the world as of today your minister of interior affairs is twenty eight and in general your cabinet of ministers is very young and since you brought up the mystery one issue really who is the richest man in georgia and also your mentor critics say that he will be governing the country behind the scenes not you i understand this skepticism has always been there you know was there when i was appointed ministerial interior i was thirty at the time i think the ministry was in the amount of bullshit when i took over the system. tonsil
a politicized and i am proud to point out that we put the ministry back on its feet and trust in the police has doubled in the past year with the level of trust in the police is eighty six to eighty seven percent while it used to be way down before mr venice really always gave me and i served as minister of interior for a year so that gave me enough freedom i was always free to make my own decisions i mean as for the skeptics who believe he will be running the show behind the scenes i will never feel embarrassed to say what i'm about to say i have said it before and i will say again that mr vernon civility is my role model and i will always follow his example with you i will always accept advice from him especially since i know that this man is only useful and beneficial becoming people if we have to listen to for him or
a logical expert's critiques from the opposition why can't we listen to someone who made a difference of this magnitude in our country that will make you free to our country and society from a monstrous series sheena that is the national movement regime in just does not make any sense to me and if we claim to be pragmatic and efficient then why not listen this is my answer and i am being totally honest with you since you mentioned the opposition there are many things that happened for the first time in georgia in the past eighteen months the first democratic election in the history of modern georgia peaceful transfer of power and it is for the first time that an actual opposition is present in the parliament having a real opposition force in a parliament and a position that dislikes you so much and will oppose you in many ways is it a good thing or a bad thing for the country. and i think if we look at this issue in terms of paul
. we can call them an opposition force of course but i would say that they're very hard to understand in general that there are more often opposition to themselves there are opposing their own people their own citizens and their own country in other words they're not doing anything new in reality so you do not view them as healthy competition it's very difficult to maintain a healthy competition with. there's no such thing as healthy criticism from them with i'm not sure they understand what the word healthy means in the first place with neither do they know what the word objective stands for that will be little but i want to remind everyone you know i know that large audiences are listening to us now three i would like to remind everyone that these people have been offering their citizens that it is driven type of democracy it was just a facade democracy it was all facade i have looked into every field name
one field where they have not implemented façade changes façade reforms if you these people have prosecuted three thousand people to me it's disastrous three hundred thousand of their fellow citizens in nine years you. it was a very ambiguous regime if you're interested in my take on the issue i can't accept all this quietly and without emotions moreover i can't accept calmly criticism from them their sabotage and moral lecturing this is cynicism at its worse. this is my take on today's opposition of course by the opposition i mean the national movement that is the parliamentary minority in the past ten years georgia has been positioned abroad as a country that has undergone substantial changes even president saakashvili
fiercest critics admit that certain modernization processes have been successfully implemented in georgia now not only members of your opposition but also foreign investors say that georgia is backsliding that its economy is worsening and that investors are no longer eager to enter georgia but some even fear that the country is on its way back to the one nine hundred ninety s. . i totally disagree about economic down slightly let me remind you that economic downslide if we can refer to it as downslide started as early as two thousand and twelve that is under the previous government double divest amount of external debt has been accumulated during their period in power. even this year we had to cover a significant amounts as part of the country's an external debt with the same is true of next year it will have to pay about eight hundred million and who is soon the six journal debt we are forced to cover the dead assume by the previous
government this is one example a lot of mean you know when our party won the election but president saakashvili was still in power he openly stated both at home and abroad but that a horrible government had a comment to power and that this new monster is government. off to force would bury the country this is what me really said and they kept doing it all year. in light of all this it is very difficult to convince the investor that you can guarantee stability and it is a well known fact that in this toure's are the best scouts in the world and they're very sensitive to stability that they can measure stability with the unique person they know exactly when it is in the bicycle to invest in one or another country. this is what happened in reality nothing else nothing special at least in our
economy has been through much tougher periods under the previous government and yet no one talked about it. during this could be taishan period many of sack israelis colleagues members of this cabinet were apprehended and interrogated at this point present secretary himself face out of the country when and if he returns will he question two. with you but i can say with all assuredness. as to the arrests one investigation agencies have actual substantial evidence proving that someone that you know if he or she is a senior official such as former minister of interior and the former prime minister of the americas philly whom we arrested as well as some former ministers and former high ranking officials you know i have said this on many occasions and i would like to read to write that northeast or position guarantees immunity. let's take my
position for one which is very high you know that if i commit a crime and five or ten years from now a new government comes into power and this new government finds out and proves that i have committed a crime i should be held liable. we don't enjoy munity. question of whether or not interrogating agencies will have questions to president saakashvili if there are any questions raised during the process the investigation of course suck us relieve the former president will be questioned again i repeat there is nothing special about it i think that president saakashvili had a very concrete foreign policy agenda he wanted a session to nato and the european union he constantly quarreled with russia which ultimately led to war how does your foreign policy differ from that of your predecessor. who are due to go to board has for the main priorities or our foreign policy there remain the same because we made it clear and i would like to reiterate
that european integration and nato are the main directions so our foreign policy to go to these aspirations of ours are supported and nourished by that we will our people who want to see georgia become a full fledged member of the european union and nato. and you probably know that over seventy percent of our citizens support georgia's accession to the european union and nato the european union is not some kind of political whim you know let me explain why i necessarily think the european union with them if we'll look at the history of georgia will see that our ancestors in our country have always longed for and had aspirations in relation to europe and european civilization this is not something we have devised gotten down thus we continue what our ancestors started we are truly truck did by european values to do with the as for other
political aspects the european union implies a number of advantages it will open its market and make it available for georgia in production. and i believe it should make one proud to see products labeled made in georgia and european markets this implies gaining at foothold in the new different market as for political aspects we're talking about safety security mobility to and from the european union zone all this will have an impact on the welfare of our citizens. but i think i shall break now and when we come back we'll talk to georgia's new prime minister. about to this a session to nato and georgia going to sochi olympics in two thousand and fourteen stay with us.
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welcome back to the show we're talking to george's new prime minister eat at a lot of us really here in the capital of georgia. you know he wrote while he lived in france you hold a master's from sullivan the e.u. is not just a blue flag with stars but it's also europe in crisis and numerous parcels bureaucrat's. conflicts are mainly dictated by brussels and everything starting from agriculture to immigration policies are decided they're small members aren't really asked their opinion or taken into account who decides and political and economic advantages. well that's an interesting question however.