IRI, NDI to send observers to Georgia for parliamentary elections
United States government has allocated two million US dollars to sponsor the presence of international observers at the parliamentary elections in Georgia this fall. The representatives of the International Republican Institute [IRI] and National-Democratic Institute [NDI] will arrive in Georgia on July 18th, 2012 - ambassador of the United States to Georgia John Bass announced today. The observers will monitor not only the process of vote, but the pre-election campaigns as well. International observers will be sent to all regions of Georgia. Ambassador also voiced a new initiative of the U.S. government, which is going to facilitate involvement of women candidates in election process.
Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili has confirmed that the detention of former Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili was briefly discussed at the meeting with diplomatic corps today. Prime Minister told journalists after the meeting that they mostly focused on the basic problems of the country and the ways for their solution.
Prime Minister has sent official document to the president to confirm the candidacy of Shalva Pipia as the minister of agriculture. The previous minister resigned from his position due to a scandal of machinations revealed in the ministry, which ended in detention of several employs.
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Chief prosecutor of Georgia has reiterated after the statement of the Prime Minister that the interrogation of the president was quite expectable. In the interview with the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper...
Vice Prime Minister and Energy Minister, Kakha Kaladze has confirmed that the investigation of one of the most high-profile murder cases - murder of Sandro Girgvliani has been over and he did not rule out that currently detained ex-prime minister Vano Merabishvili might face new charges for connection with this crime.
Georgian nationals residing in Germany assembled outside the Georgian embassy to condemn the violence that occurred during a two opposing rallies in Tbilisi on May 17. Local human rights NGOs were also present at the demonstration.
U.S. Secretary of State congratulates Georgian people on the Independence Day. The statement, John Kerry emphasizes importance of the partnership between Georgia and the United States. The official statement was published on the website of the Department of State.