I am fascinated by this article that appeared in a recent issue of the magazine Monocle. It talks about the ruling party in the
Eastern European (thanks for the correction, Claudinho) Republic of Georgia, which is comprised of mostly 20- and 30-somethings.
- Mikheil Saakashvili became President in 2004 at 36 (Europe's youngest President)
- Davit Kezerashvili, the Minister of Defense, is 29
- Aleksi Aleksishvili, Minister of Finance, 33
- David Natroshvili, First Deputy Minister of Economic Development, 29 (incidentally, if you've noticed the trend in these surnames, take note: the majority of Georgian surnames apparently end in -ashvili (or -ishvili) or -adze or -idze)
- Giorgi Arveladze, Minister of the Economy, 29
- Anna Zhvania, Head of the Secret Service, early 30s
- and many others in their late 20s
This crop of young leaders is part of a concerted effort to staff up with a new generation of officials not tainted by Georgia's Communist past. The majority of them were educated in the US and Europe, which helps them in their dealings with the West, something their predecessors lacked.