Eric Rubin comments on Georgia elections
Eric Rubin, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, reviewed parliamentary elections conducted in Georgia on October 1, at the Center of National Interests. He spoke about the reforms carried out in Georgia and focused the meaning of peaceful transition of power as a result of these elections.
`The past decade in particular has seen impressive gains; corruption has been tamed; the police have been reformed; and Georgians have public institutions that serve them in a way that is unknown elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, and in the wider world beyond. The elections of October 1st proved that Georgian democracy is more than a slogan, and the ongoing transition from one governing party to another is setting a standard for new democracies everywhere. Problems and challenges still abound, of course, and it would be foolish to declare that Georgia has completed the goals it has set for itself for transformation into a fully democratic, free society that is integrated with the Euro-Atlantic community. But my bottom-line reaction to the events of the past month is resoundingly positive. Georgia and the Georgian people continue to impress,` Rubin said.