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.
Several non-governmental organizations have published a special statement calling on the government of Georgia to provide security during the rally of the LGBT persons and another demonstration against LGBT propaganda on Rustaveli Avenue today. The two rallies are underway on Tbilisi`s central avenue right now.
Non-parliamentary opposition parties are holding consultations to nominate a joint candidate for the president - one of the leaders of the Christian Democratic Movement of Georgia Levan Vephkhvadze has confirmed.
Patriarch of Georgia has addressed the Tbilisi mayor`s office to annul the sanction issued for the rally of the LGBT persons on May 17. The demonstration is organized by Identity NGO and it aims at protecting the rights of the LGBT persons in Georgia.
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Negotiations conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia withthe representatives of the Tskhinvali puppet regime ended in a release of two peaceful residents of from the nearby villages today.
Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili attended a conference organized by the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute. The conference was dedicated to regional economic integration in South Caucasus and Central Asia.
Special commission has been working in the disaster affected villages of the Kakheti Region until late last night to calculate the consequences of the hail and windstorm that stuck the area two days ago. According to the calculation, over 2,000 hectares of vineyards have been damaged, also - agricultural lands, infrastructure and roads.