Georgian PM says Egyptian military should not set policy

The Egyptian military should be allowed to run the country in the transitional period, but it should not set policy, Georgian Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri said Sunday.

Responding to a question asked by Al-Masry Al-Youm during a press conference in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, Gilauri said his country has communicated with the Egyptian military about the experience of Georgia's own revolution and how it fought corruption.

A government should answer all questions about their actions during a transitional phase, he added.

Gilauri expressed no fear of Islamists taking power in Egypt, saying that the upcoming parliamentary elections will determine the success of 25 January revolution.

The prime minister fears the Egyptian revolution could suffer the same mistakes of the Georgian one. The most prominent of these would be what Gilauri called an “ambitious revolution,” hinting that the people's expectations were too high to quickly achieve all of the revolution's demands.

Gilauri expects that Egyptians will not notice the achievements of their revolution for at least for years, noting the many similarities between Egypt's and Georgia's revolutions.

Georgia's politics were widely corrupt before its own revolution, he added. Corruption was fought through clear and strict laws and emphasizing the equality of all. Georgia's Interior Ministry, like Egypt's, was one of the most corrupt government ministries. After its revolution, 16,000 policemen were dismissed.

Reform can be achieved through “choosing a president who isn’t involved in any corruption cases, recognizing the need to fight corruption and hiring a team that is determined to fight it,” Gilauri said. He also suggested Egypt's government change its complicated tax system.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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