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Georgia's Government Requested to Wake Up Early 

MP Gubaz Sanikidze, a member of Georgia's ruling Georgian-Dream coalition, snoozes through a session of parliament in this widely circulated, unsourced photo.

Many Georgians might need to adjust their alarm clocks. In a bold initiative for very much a night-owl nation, Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili has requested public officials to wake up an hour earlier to show up at work at 9 in the morning "like the rest of the world."

Georgia's boss can bet many of his employees, from ministers down to janitors, are mentally cursing him now. The Georgian government starts work at 10 am, more or less, and gets off at 6 or 7 pm. Yet every agency seems always to have at least one employee, who stays on, burning the midnight oil, and doing all the work.

Parliament often fills up late, but, nevertheless, some representatives still grab a power-nap in the middle of the session as exciting new laws are presented.

That perhaps explains why some tend to favor interviews with reporters closer to midnight.

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Georgia's Government Requested to Wake Up Early 

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