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.
Georgia-EU council will meet in Brussels today. The 14th meeting of the council will be attended by the European Commission, Stefan Fule. The parties will discuss Georgia-EU relations, reforms carried out by Georgian government for the development of democracy and human rights.
Former prime minister of Georgia and the secretary general of the United National Movement Vano Merabishvili`s exclusive interview has been published by the Newpost news agency today. Merabishvili reviews political developments in Georgia.
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Within the visit to the USA, Deputy Defence Minister held meeting with U.S. congressmen. Mikheil Darchiashvili informed Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) about the security environment of Georgia and the region.
Georgian parliament has adopted a statement regarding the situation in Ukraine with 68 votes against zero, as the opposition was not attending the vote in the session hall on Monday. Opposition disapproved the draft statement presented by the majority.
President of Ukraine Vikto Yanukovych says he is ready to hold round table talks with the opposition over the ongoing anti-government protests, as thousands of protestors continued to block roads and camped outside government buildings in capital Kiev.