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.
A horrible murder has occurred in Samtskhe-Javakheti Region`s village of Gogasheni - the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has confirmed that a nine-month old child and grandmother were killed by a man, who has not been detained so far.
Family and the police of 14 year-old Mariam Geguchadze have been searching for the girl almost for two weeks - the girl was having her holidays at Ureki resort and on June 30th she went to Batumi to visit her relatives.
Elmar Brok, Foreign Affairs Coordinator of the European People`s Party and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, and Cristian Preda, EPP Group Coordinator on Foreign Affairs, express their strong concern over ongoing intimidation of the democratic opposition in Georgia.
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The ballots for the runoff elections of local governments in Georgia will be delivered to the district election commissions and the polling stations by the end of the day. The runoff will be held tomorrow at 28 election district.
The special representative of the Prime Minister of Georgia in negotiations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze returned from Prague after concluding yet another round of meeting with the Russian deputy minister of foreign affairs, Gregory Karasin.
Russian news agency RIA Novosty has quoted an official from the Foreign Ministry of Russia, who denies the reports on violating Georgian airspace by Russian helicopters. The news agency held the identity of the official secret...