Elections 2020

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NB: 2020 is a projection based on CEC results

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    Interviews
    20/11/2020 - 18:57

    Key Election Watchdogs Summarize Appeals Process

    As the deadlines for legal disputes for Georgia’s October 31 parliamentary elections have passed and the CEC summarized the first-round results on November 13, Civil.ge…
    Op-eds
    13/11/2020 - 13:13

    Opinion | Armenia may benefit from defusing the Karabakh bomb

    Several years ago, when Serge Sarkisian became Armenia’s president, many Armenian friends of mine would remark, half-jokingly “its not Armenia that captured Karabakh, it is…
    Op-eds
    11/11/2020 - 16:51

    Opinion | Nagorno-Karabakh: could there be a silver lining?

    Yesterday’s agreement on the secession of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, signed by Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia is a victory for Azerbaijan as well as for its…
    Interviews
    07/11/2020 - 16:03

    Interview | NDI Resident Director on October 31 Elections

    The National Democratic Institute (NDI), a U.S-funded non-profit with a long history of watching elections in Georgia, released a report of the Virtual Elections Analysis…
    Interviews
    04/11/2020 - 17:17

    Interview | Head of ODIHR Observation Mission Talks October 31 Elections

    ODIHR LEOM has been dispatched to Georgia for some six weeks now. You have been observing the processes in lead up to October 31 vote,…
    Analysis
    04/11/2020 - 10:05

    Boycott: Last Resort As the First Response?

    The October 31 parliamentary elections were bound to be controversial. After all, they came about after a bitter contest and a painful compromise between the…

    Insight

      02/11/2020 - 20:05

      Winners and Losers of Georgia’s October 31 Elections

      With almost two million votes tallied, the results of the October 31 parliamentary election show the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) with 48.23%. This is the first time the ruling party lays its claim on governing the country for the third consecutive term since the country…
      29/10/2020 - 20:53

      Explainer: Georgia’s October 31 General Election

      What is happening? On October 31, Georgia elects the tenth convocation of the Georgian Parliament, which, according to the recently passed changes, will consist of 120 lawmakers elected through proportional-party lists and 30 majoritarian deputies (change from 77/73 ratio), while the election threshold will be…
      23/10/2020 - 18:57

      Tribune | Region Reshaped: Nagorno-Karabakh is at a Critical Juncture

      As hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh continue, Azerbaijan’s military push towards the decisive strategic objective – the corridor connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia. It is likely, that Azerbaijan will continue to capture by force the five provinces mentioned in the “Madrid Principles” of settlement agreed in 2009. This…
      17/10/2020 - 15:10

      Backgrounder: the “Cartographers’ Case”

      What’s happening: The Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia opened a probe against two civil servants working at the Foreign Ministry and the Border Police, accusing them of conspiring to cede lands to Azerbaijan while being the members of the state commission on the delimitation of borders.…
      15/10/2020 - 12:06

      Saakashvili’s Leadership Claim Puts UNM Under Opposition Fire

      Since the United National Movement (UNM) – and the Strength in Unity coalition it leads – proposed Mikheil Saakashvili as their prime-ministerial hopeful, UNM increasingly attracted fire from other opposition parties, which strive to distance themselves from the toxic elements of Saakashvili’s legacy while claiming…
      08/10/2020 - 14:13

      Georgia’s Campaign Highlights Ahead of October Polls

      With new election laws in effect, the upcoming October 31 parliamentary polls in Georgia leaves much room for diverse campaigning of Georgian political parties – be it older and bigger forces, or newly-emerged, smaller entities. Civil.ge has compiled key campaign messages from most relevant political…
        29/10/2020 - 20:53

        Explainer: Georgia’s October 31 General Election

        What is happening? On October 31, Georgia elects the tenth convocation of the Georgian Parliament, which, according to the recently passed changes, will consist of 120 lawmakers elected through proportional-party lists and 30 majoritarian deputies (change from 77/73 ratio), while the election threshold will be…
        23/10/2020 - 18:57

        Tribune | Region Reshaped: Nagorno-Karabakh is at a Critical Juncture

        As hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh continue, Azerbaijan’s military push towards the decisive strategic objective – the corridor connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia. It is likely, that Azerbaijan will continue to capture by force the five provinces mentioned in the “Madrid Principles” of settlement agreed in 2009. This…
        17/10/2020 - 15:10

        Backgrounder: the “Cartographers’ Case”

        What’s happening: The Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia opened a probe against two civil servants working at the Foreign Ministry and the Border Police, accusing them of conspiring to cede lands to Azerbaijan while being the members of the state commission on the delimitation of borders.…
        15/10/2020 - 12:06

        Saakashvili’s Leadership Claim Puts UNM Under Opposition Fire

        Since the United National Movement (UNM) – and the Strength in Unity coalition it leads – proposed Mikheil Saakashvili as their prime-ministerial hopeful, UNM increasingly attracted fire from other opposition parties, which strive to distance themselves from the toxic elements of Saakashvili’s legacy while claiming…
        08/10/2020 - 14:13

        Georgia’s Campaign Highlights Ahead of October Polls

        With new election laws in effect, the upcoming October 31 parliamentary polls in Georgia leaves much room for diverse campaigning of Georgian political parties – be it older and bigger forces, or newly-emerged, smaller entities. Civil.ge has compiled key campaign messages from most relevant political…
        25/09/2020 - 19:00

        Elections in Times of Pandemic: Who’s Watching October Polls in Georgia?

        The Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) has reported that 6 international and 53 local organizations have so far registered to observe the October 31 parliamentary elections in Georgia. The health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected the conduct of elections and observation missions…
        16/09/2020 - 15:31

        Courts Reform Moves Ahead after Constitutional Court Split Ruling

        Georgia’s laws on the selection of the Supreme Court candidates have been so controversial, that on September 16 they even warranted a critical remark by the top EU diplomat, Josep Borrell at the European Parliament Plenary Session. Weeks after the split-vote ruling by the Constitutional…
        11/09/2020 - 22:50

        Who’s Who on Georgian Dream’s Electoral Lineup?

        The governing Georgian Dream party presented on September 10 top twenty MP candidates of its party list, who will be contesting in a proportional system in the October 31 parliamentary elections. So, what do you need to know about the Georgian Dream’s top party-list contenders?…

        Op-ed

          13/11/2020 - 13:13

          Opinion | Armenia may benefit from defusing the Karabakh bomb

          Several years ago, when Serge Sarkisian became Armenia’s president, many Armenian friends of mine would remark, half-jokingly “its not Armenia that captured Karabakh, it is Karabakh that took over Armenia.” Indeed, many important positions in Yerevan were held by those who came from that region…
          11/11/2020 - 16:51

          Opinion | Nagorno-Karabakh: could there be a silver lining?

          Yesterday’s agreement on the secession of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, signed by Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia is a victory for Azerbaijan as well as for its ally in this conflict, Turkey. And while Armenia is on the losing side, if its elite proves its mettle, the…
          26/10/2020 - 19:22

          Opinion | Georgians Need to Defend Their Democracy As They Defend Their Borders

          “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” The rise of Russia’s disinformation campaign in Georgia coincides with the country’s ongoing integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions. To derail Georgia from its path, Russia will most likely interfere in the upcoming parliamentary elections.…
          23/10/2020 - 19:06

          Op-ed | Time to Turn Georgia’s European Dream into Reality

          Georgia has been striving for its European future since the very first day of independence. Shared values and positive dynamics in our relations made us strategic partners with the EU. The EU is an important contributor to the security and economic and democratic development of…
          11/09/2020 - 13:31

          Amid Pandemic, Legal Residents not Welcome in Georgia

          Author: Timothy Blauvelt, Full Professor, Ilia State University When the current COVID-19 pandemic began early this spring, many countries closed their borders and restricted entry to foreigners. In nearly all such cases, legal residents are treated as citizens for purposes of entry, allowed to return…
          09/09/2020 - 14:35

          Disinformation: Can Georgian CSOs play a decisive role?

          Georgia’s current efforts to counter disinformation are neither tactical nor farsighted enough to reverse the long-term damage sowed by disinformation. Author: Caroline Sutcliffe is an award-winning media manager, political analyst and disinformation expert with with more than a decade of experience in Georgia and the…
          29/05/2020 - 16:24

          USAID Supporting Georgia to Combat COVID, Build Resilience, and Prepare for Economic Recovery

          By Peter Wiebler, USAID/Georgia Mission Director Over nearly 30 years, the United States and Georgia have built a partnership based on shared values, common strategic interests, and the mutual benefits of cooperation. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been key to the…
          07/05/2020 - 21:00

          100 Years Ago Today Soviet Russia Recognized Georgia. That Agreement Still Matters

          Author: Giorgi Kandelaki, Member of the Georgian Parliament, European Georgia Party When commenting on banning of flights to Georgia in June last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin repeated popular point often heard in Moscow on Georgia: Both Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia were “gifted” to…
          07/05/2020 - 18:57

          Georgia’s Phantom Treaty

          “From now on, the Georgian Nation is accepted by the great nations, as equal – among equals”. Those were the spirited words of Noe Zhordania, President of the Government of Democratic Republic of Georgia, upon the de facto recognition of Georgia by the Allied Powers…
            20/11/2020 - 18:57

            Key Election Watchdogs Summarize Appeals Process

            As the deadlines for legal disputes for Georgia’s October 31 parliamentary elections have passed and the CEC summarized the first-round results on November 13, Civil.ge approached key election watchdogs to reflect on the appeal process. The watchdogs, that have appealed the violations both in District…
            13/11/2020 - 13:13

            Opinion | Armenia may benefit from defusing the Karabakh bomb

            Several years ago, when Serge Sarkisian became Armenia’s president, many Armenian friends of mine would remark, half-jokingly “its not Armenia that captured Karabakh, it is Karabakh that took over Armenia.” Indeed, many important positions in Yerevan were held by those who came from that region…
            11/11/2020 - 16:51

            Opinion | Nagorno-Karabakh: could there be a silver lining?

            Yesterday’s agreement on the secession of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, signed by Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia is a victory for Azerbaijan as well as for its ally in this conflict, Turkey. And while Armenia is on the losing side, if its elite proves its mettle, the…
            07/11/2020 - 16:03

            Interview | NDI Resident Director on October 31 Elections

            The National Democratic Institute (NDI), a U.S-funded non-profit with a long history of watching elections in Georgia, released a report of the Virtual Elections Analysis Team on November 2, stating that “irregularities in results protocols, widespread reports of potentially intimidating behavior in or around polling…
            04/11/2020 - 17:17

            Interview | Head of ODIHR Observation Mission Talks October 31 Elections

            ODIHR LEOM has been dispatched to Georgia for some six weeks now. You have been observing the processes in lead up to October 31 vote, as well as Election Day. To what extent did Georgia’s conduct of elections adhere the OSCE commitments? As we said…
            03/11/2020 - 20:02

            Foreign Experts on Georgian Opposition Boycotting New Parliament

            The Georgian opposition parties reject the results of October 31 parliamentary elections and refuse to enter the new parliament. To reflect on the opposition’s decision we asked foreign pundits: All opposition parties that crossed the election threshold announced that they would boycott the new parliament.…

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              Two out of five: in search of the lost voter

              The election statistics say three out of five eligible voters go to the polling stations in every or almost every…

              Germany Declares two Russian Embassy Employees Non-Gratae for non-Cooperation on Khangoshvili Murder case

              The German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on 4 December, that the Federal Foreign Office today declared two employees of the…

              Is Armenian Foreign Policy Changing? – A Conversation with Anahit Shirinyan

              More than a year has passed since mass protests in Armenia unseated a corrupt and unpopular regime of Prime Minister…

              Yerevan bids for closer ties with Tbilisi: will that work?

              The new Armenian government under Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan seeks to advance political and economic cooperation with Georgia, but conflicting…

              Q&A: What’s Behind Armenia’s Decision to Skip UNGA Vote on Georgia’s IDP Resolution?

              The United Nations General Assembly adopted on June 4 a resolution reiterating the right of return of all displaced persons…

              Faces of Protest: People who animate Georgia now

              Spontaneous protests that sprung up in Tbilisi starting June 20 have baffled many observers. These protests do not respond to…
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