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.
The President of Georgia has held a meeting with the members of the Georgia and Caucasus Friendship Group of the Senate of France today. President Margvelashvili and the chairperson of the Georgia-France Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group...
One part of the non-governmental organizations operating in Georgia has expressed their concerns regarding numerous reports of violence in prisons, as well as the facts of suicide. Some of the NGOs call for the immediate and effective investigation of the death reasons of a 50 year-old Zurab Sanaia.
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Regular flights between Moscow and Tbilisi have been resumed after a six-month pause. Russian Aviation has published a corresponding protocol on its website, which says that the air companies will be able to make flight from Moscow to Tbilisi from September 15th.
The Foreign Relations Committee of the United States Senate will take up a new legislation on Ukraine, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, in which Georgia and Moldova are also mentioned as the major non-NATO allies.
Georgian lawmakers will discuss the initiative of the opposition on setting up a parliamentary investigation commission, which will probe into the investigation of the death reasons of a 10-month old baby girl, Barbare Rapaliantsi.