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Saturday, September 27, 2008

"Georgians question Saakashvili reforms," Sydney Morning Herald, September 26, 2008.

  "We have to acknowledge the first revolution yielded no results."
Georgian opposition leader
Georgy Khaindrava

Georgians have given a lukewarm response to President Mikhail Saakashvili's plans for major political reforms after its brief war with Russia.

In a speech on Tuesday at the UN General Assembly, Saakashvili promised major social and legal reforms that would strengthen checks and balances in government, overhaul the legal system, broaden media freedoms and provide support for the political opposition.

He compared his program to the Rose Revolution - the 2003 peaceful protests that brought his pro-Western government to power.

But Nino Burdzhanadze, the former speaker of parliament, said Georgia does not need a new revolution.

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