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.
MP Zakaria Kutsnashvili has resigned from the position of the chairperson of the parliament`s inter-faction group working on electoral issues. MP made no comments on the motives of his decision; however, parliament vice-speaker Manana Kobakhidze says it was his personal decision.
Member of the parliament Gia Gachechiladze has announced his decision about defection from the parliamentary majority. Gachechiladze says his decision was motivated only with political reasons, but he abstained from talking about these reasons.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Maia Panjikidze has spoken about the significance of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit, which will open in Vilnius tomorrow and where Georgia expects to initialize EU association and free trade area agreements.
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Georgian Prime Minister has commented on the significance of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit, which will be opened in the capital of Lithuania tomorrow and where Georgia expects to initialize EU association and free trade area agreement. Irakli Gharibashvili said the initializing of the document was decisive for Georgia...
Part of Georgia`s official delegation is in Vilnius, while the rest will arrive in the capital of Lithuania later today - the delegation will participate in the EU Eastern Partnership Summit, where Georgia expects to initialize the EU associate and free trade area agreement.
A day before the EU Eastern Partnership Summit starts in the capital of Lithuania, President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy and the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso emphasized the key points of the Vilnius Summit in a special statement.
The European Union has watered down its language regarding the conditions for bloc membership for six former Soviet republics in the draft final declaration of the upcoming EU`s Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius.