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Georgia: Mutton mutiny! - Activists put forward sheep as mayoral candidate02:56

Georgia: Mutton mutiny! - Activists put forward sheep as mayoral candidate

Georgia, Telavi
October 19, 2017 at 14:30 GMT -00:00 · Published

Activists in the Georgian city of Telavi presented a sheep as a candidate for the upcoming mayoral elections, in protest of the local authorities’ decision to abrogate the city’s self-administration. In particular, the gaff is intended to show how the activists view Telavi's local government officials as sheep who let themselves be controlled by the central government.

Despite not being registered officially as a candidate, the sheep has gained notoriety as it placidly walked around the city. The local activists said that some citizens were going to vote for the woolly animal as mayor, and called on citizens to write down the word "sheep" next to the other candidate's names in the ballot and tick it.

Leader of the local protest movement Maka Mosiashvili said that "the sheep would be more beneficial than those people who have been taking office so far."

Telavi was granted an autonomous status in 2014. During the summer of 2017 Georgian authorities condemned this system as inefficient.

Telavi's municipal elections will be held on October 21 and the city’s autonomous status abrogation is due to take effect the following day.

Activistas de la ciudad georgiana de Telavi presentaron a una oveja como candidata para las próximas elecciones a la alcaldía, en protesta por la decisión de las autoridades locales de derogar la autoadministración de la ciudad. En particular, esta broma pretende mostrar cómo los activistas ven a los funcionarios del gobierno local de Telavi como ovejas que se dejan controlar por el gobierno central.

A pesar de no estar registrada oficialmente como candidata, la oveja ha ganado notoriedad mientras caminaba plácidamente por la ciudad. Los activistas locales dijeron que algunos ciudadanos votarían por este lanudo animal como alcalde, y les pidieron que escribieran la palabra "oveja" junto al nombres del otro candidato en la papeleta electoral y lo marcaran con una cruz.

Maka Mosiashvili, la líder del movimiento de protesta ciudadana, dijo que "las ovejas serían más beneficiosas que aquellas personas que han estado asumiendo el cargo hasta el momento”.

A Telavi se le otorgó un estatuto autónomo en 2014. Durante el verano de 2017, las autoridades georgianas condenaron este sistema como ineficiente.

Las elecciones municipales de Telavi se llevarán a cabo el 21 de octubre y la derogación de la condición autónoma de la ciudad debe entrar en vigencia al día siguiente.

Georgia: Mutton mutiny! - Activists put forward sheep as mayoral candidate02:56
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Activists in the Georgian city of Telavi presented a sheep as a candidate for the upcoming mayoral elections, in protest of the local authorities’ decision to abrogate the city’s self-administration. In particular, the gaff is intended to show how the activists view Telavi's local government officials as sheep who let themselves be controlled by the central government.

Despite not being registered officially as a candidate, the sheep has gained notoriety as it placidly walked around the city. The local activists said that some citizens were going to vote for the woolly animal as mayor, and called on citizens to write down the word "sheep" next to the other candidate's names in the ballot and tick it.

Leader of the local protest movement Maka Mosiashvili said that "the sheep would be more beneficial than those people who have been taking office so far."

Telavi was granted an autonomous status in 2014. During the summer of 2017 Georgian authorities condemned this system as inefficient.

Telavi's municipal elections will be held on October 21 and the city’s autonomous status abrogation is due to take effect the following day.

Activistas de la ciudad georgiana de Telavi presentaron a una oveja como candidata para las próximas elecciones a la alcaldía, en protesta por la decisión de las autoridades locales de derogar la autoadministración de la ciudad. En particular, esta broma pretende mostrar cómo los activistas ven a los funcionarios del gobierno local de Telavi como ovejas que se dejan controlar por el gobierno central.

A pesar de no estar registrada oficialmente como candidata, la oveja ha ganado notoriedad mientras caminaba plácidamente por la ciudad. Los activistas locales dijeron que algunos ciudadanos votarían por este lanudo animal como alcalde, y les pidieron que escribieran la palabra "oveja" junto al nombres del otro candidato en la papeleta electoral y lo marcaran con una cruz.

Maka Mosiashvili, la líder del movimiento de protesta ciudadana, dijo que "las ovejas serían más beneficiosas que aquellas personas que han estado asumiendo el cargo hasta el momento”.

A Telavi se le otorgó un estatuto autónomo en 2014. Durante el verano de 2017, las autoridades georgianas condenaron este sistema como ineficiente.

Las elecciones municipales de Telavi se llevarán a cabo el 21 de octubre y la derogación de la condición autónoma de la ciudad debe entrar en vigencia al día siguiente.

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