Lawsuit of opposition not satisfied
Publish Time: 2017-11-04 15:29:00
Tbilisi City Court did not satisfy the lawsuit of 20 oppositional parties. The oppositional parties demanded that summarizing protocols were declared as null and void and insisted on recount of votes of October 21 local self-governance elections in Georgia.The opposition plans to continue legal struggle. The National Movement does not exclude applying to European Court of Human Rights.
Pascal Meunier - French has strong cooperation with Georgian State Security Service
Publish Time: 2017-11-04 12:43:00
“France has strong cooperation with Georgia’s State Security Service,” Pascal Meunier, French Ambassador to Georgia stated during the donors’ coordination meeting held on topic of chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear security issues. The meeting was organized by Georgia’s State Security Service with financial support of European Union. Ambassadors of Sweden, France and Italy to Georgia also participated in the meeting.
CEC completes discussion of complaints
Publish Time: 2017-11-04 12:03:00
The Georgian Central Election Commission has completed discussion of complaints regarding the October 21 local self-governance elections in Georgia. Based on decision of the central election administration, the summarizing protocol of Tianeti Election Commission has been enforced based on which Tamaz Mechiauri, Leader of “For United Georgia Party” won in Mayoral elections in Tianeti in October 21 local self-governance elections with one vote. The candidate of ruling Georgian Dream Lela Kitesashvili is dissatisfied with the decision. The oppositional specter also protests over CEC decision. The oppositional parties demand that summarizing protocols are declared as null and void and insist on recount of votes.
National Movement dissatisfied with CEC decision
Publish Time: 2017-11-04 11:50:00
The oppositional National Movement is dissatisfied with the decision of Central Election Commission (CEC) regarding the October 21 local self-governance elections in Georgia plans to file a lawsuit in the court together with other oppositional parties. The National Movement does not exclude applying to European Court of Human Rights over CEC decision.
Georgia elected as Co-chairman of UNSC Reforms Group
Publish Time: 2017-11-04 11:16:00
Georgia was elected as co-chairman of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Reforms Group based on the decision made by UN 72nd General Assembly. Kakha Imnadze, Georgia’s Permanent Representative in UN and Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations were presented as co-chairmen of intergovernmental negotiations. “Georgia is already engaged in negotiations processes and it will be leading talks together with UN member states in reaching agreements,” Imnadze said.
Georgia submits all legal documents necessary for Megis Kardava’s extradition
Publish Time: 2017-11-03 12:02:00
Georgia has sent all legal documents necessary for Megis Kardava’s extradition to Ukraine, - said prosecutor Natia Songulashvili.According to her, the Georgian side is waiting for the decision of the competent court of Ukraine to bring Megis Kardava before the Georgian judiciary in the shortest possible time.Megis Kardava was declared wanted by Interpol in 2013.Megis Kardava, former senior defense ministry official, was detained in Ukraine on November 1.
Constitutional changes to be initiated in parliament today
Publish Time: 2017-11-02 12:06:00
The project of proposed constitutional changes will be initiated in the parliament today. Part of opposition do not plan to participate in the discussion. The ruling team is not going to change the agenda and starts the process of approving new changes.
Plenary sitting in Parliament
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 16:06:00
A plenary sitting is being held in the Georgian Parliament. The session began late due to lack of the quorum. Constitutional changes, summoning of Minister of Internal Affairs to parliament, exchange rate of Lari and staffing of Trust Group are the main topics for discussions.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili meets with President of Estonia
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 13:21:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid. Political, economic and trade relations between Georgia and Estonia were discussed during the meeting. According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, the relations of the two countries are dynamically developing. However, it is desirable to fully implement the existing potential in different spheres. Attention was focused on sectoral cooperation. The sides exchanged information on important economic and trade aspects of the two countries.Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili spoke about the ongoing reforms and noted that international organizations and ratings confirm the progress made by Georgia in various spheres. The positive investment environment of Georgia was emphasized as well.The sides discussed the forthcoming EU Eastern Partnership summit too. It was noted that at the summit Georgia will come as a country that has implemented all the obligations. The Prime Minister informed the President of Estonia about the difficult situation in Georgia's occupied regions. President of Estonia once again confirmed that the official Tallinn strongly supports Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Project of Constitutional changes to be registered in parliament
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 12:09:00
The project of proposed constitutional changes will be registered in the parliament this week. Lawmakers today will discuss staffing of Trust Group during the plenary session. The initiative of majority MPs regarding rule of political parties financing is also planned to be considered this week.
Georgian PM, President commented over Manhattan terrorist act
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 03:40:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvrikashvili released a statement about Manhattan terror attack through Twitter. “We are shocked and deeply concerned. Our prayers are directed to victims and their family members,” reads the statement. President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili said that Georgia condemned any form of terrorism and stayed together with the international community in fight against the threat. “On behalf of Georgian people, I express support to US government and American people,” reads the statement. Eight people were killed and 11 injured when the driver of the truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan. Five Argentines were among the dead. A 29-year-old man was shot by police as he left the car, and detained. Media named him as Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant who came to the US in 2010. US President Donald Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to "step up" vetting measures, after a deadly truck attack in New York.
National Movement and European Georgia not to participate in discussions of Constitutional changes
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 16:04:00
The parliamentary oppositional National Movement and European Georgia parties will not participate in discussions over changes to be made into Constitution of Georgia. The decision became known one day ahead of initiation of the document. Patriots’ Alliance is planned to take part in the discussions on part of opponents to the ruling team. Georgian Dream describes the decision of the opposition as the matter of political speculation.
Minister of Internal Affairs to arrive in parliament
Update Time: 2017-10-31 15:50:00
Giorgi Mghebrishvili, Minister of Internal Affairs will present a report at the Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee at the end of November. The exact date when Mghebrishvili is expected in the parliament, will be finalized. Eka Beselia, Chairperson of Legal Affairs Committee said that arrival of Minister is not connected to the recent incident at Nutsubidze Plato in Tbilisi that claimed life of one man.
US Ambassador: We support recommendations of Venice Commission
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 13:44:00
“We support recommendations provided by Venice Commission that aim at improvement of acting Constitution,” Ian Kelly, US Ambassador to Georgia stated. According to Kelly, the ruling Georgian Dream Party made changes to the new edition of Constitution based on the recommendations of Venice Commission, an advisory board of Council of Europe.
Council of Leaders to complain against CEC summarizing protocol
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 12:42:00
The Council of Leaders of oppositional political parties will complain against the summarizing protocol of Central Election Commission (CEC) regarding the October 21 local self-governance elections. Members of the council do not exclude applying to Strasbourg Court if necessary. Leaders of oppositional parties made this decision during the meeting held earlier this afternoon. The Council expresses distrust to the elections and demands recount of votes from different polling stations where various violations were detected. Council of Leaders claims that the government forged local self-governance elections.
President of Estonia to arrive in Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 07:59:00
Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia is expected in Georgia. This will be his first visit to the country. Businesspersons are in the Estonian delegation besides representatives of executive authorities. President Giorgi Margvelashvili will host his counterpart at Avlabari Presidential Residence. A joint press conference will be held afterwards. Kersti Kaljulaid is also planned to meet with Georgian Prime Minister, Chairman of Parliament and Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia. The visit is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Estonia.
Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway officially opened
Publish Time: 2017-10-30 16:50:00
Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway has been officially opened. Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakistan Saginatiev and Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov put symbolic nails in the railroad and opened a memorial board.The leaders of the five countries took a joint memorable photo. They also traveled by the first train on the newly opened railway.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili - Success of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway largely draws on our expanding trade and economic relations with China
Publish Time: 2017-10-30 16:12:00
The success of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway largely draws on our expanding trade and economic relations with China, - Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made the regarding statement during his speech delivered at the opening ceremony of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway.“We want Georgia to make its contribution to the cause of reviving the Silk Road and implementing the One Road-One Belt initiative”, - Kvirikashvili said."The success of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway largely draws on our expanding trade and economic relations with China. We are glad that this route is marked as the Middle Corridor on the China-EU trade and transport map, the term having been coined by President Erdogan in his recent speech at the Silk Road Summit in China.Today, it takes a freight train eight days to deliver goods from China to Georgia via Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. I avail myself of the opportunity to thank President Nazarbayev for his personal consideration and attention paid to this route throughout its development. We hope that the positive spillover effect of One Road-One Belt will cover other Central Asian countries as well. Today, there is a possibility of the train continuing its path toward Turkey. We want Georgia and our region maximally to integrate into the EU's Trans-European Transport Network via this route.I am convinced that the new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway will play a significant role to this end.As you know, on November 28-29, 2017 Tbilisi will host the high-level Belt and Road International Forum, marking the second time when it brings together representatives of governmental and private sectors from more than forty countries. Such a large-scale meeting will enable us to reaffirm the importance of said corridor and, of course, that of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway, which makes the engagement of the countries present here so invaluable.Once again, I would like to thank President Aliyev for organizing today's event. I am also grateful to our friends, the leaders of our partner countries, government officials, and everyone whose tireless work of many years has made possible the successful finalization of this complex project.Most importantly, the unity of the countries present here is demonstrated through this project. I am convinced that similar projects and, most importantly, our solidarity will further deepen our ties to benefit our countries and our region", - Kvirikashvili said.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili is paying a working visit to Azerbaijan
Publish Time: 2017-10-30 12:29:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is paying a working visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan.The head of the government will attend the official opening ceremony of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev invited Georgia’s Prime minister to the event. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Uzbekistan Prime Minister Abdullah Arypov will also take part in the official opening ceremony.Giorgi Kvirikashvili arrived in Azerbaijan along with the Georgian delegation, which includes Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Zurab Alavidze, General Director of "Georgian Railway" Mamuka Bakhtadze and Prime Minister's Advisor for Foreign Affairs Tedo Japaridze.
What steps should the government take on the path of European integration
Publish Time: 2017-10-30 12:11:00
The Georgia-EU Relations Strategy is being discussed at the meeting of the Government and NGOs for the time being.What steps should the government take on the path of European integration - Misha Peikrishvili’s reportage.