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Monday, November 14, 2011

How Georgian Parliament Votes

In 2003, I was an election observer during the notorious parliamentary elections that provoked the revolution that disposed President Eduard Shevardnadze. I saw a man vote twice while an observer said to him, "Hey! You can't do that!"
He looked at her and replied, "You don't understand, the first time was for my wife. She is ill and couldn't come."

During the Shevardnadze regime, parliament actually had debates that led to fistfights and weapons brandished. Here, we see just how the reform government works. It's a clear case of how the more things change, the more they stay the same.