29 November 2022,   19:09
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The issue behind de-oligarchization in any country is how to address undue influence by anyone in the political or the economic processes - Degnan

The issue behind de-oligarchization in any country is how to address undue influence by anyone in the political or the economic processes, said the US Ambassador to Georgia in response to a question regarding deoligarchization.

“The issue behind de-oligarchization in any country is how to address undue influence by anyone in the political or the economic processes of a country, anyone who’s trying to influence the operation of government and society through excess money or influence. It’s an issue that many countries grapple with, including my own. There are different ways that countries address undue influence in the political sector, and I think each country needs to debate that and come up with its own solution.

I personally don’t think it’s always helpful to just borrow somebody else’s without tailoring it to the specifics of your country’s situation. There are many good examples out there that can be examined and crafted into something that is appropriate for Georgia, and the underlying problem, which is undue influence that affects the political will of the people.

For instance, instead of having an election that reflects what the voters have voted, you have a distorted view because there’s been an undue influence on the process. What any law like this is meant to do is to try to ensure that there is transparency, accountability, and a level playing field so that the people’s voice is heard”, - said Kelly Degnan.

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