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Parliament Speaker Slams UNM as ‘Criminal Political Force’

Georgian Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze slammed the opposition United National Movement (UNM) as “a criminal, dirty political force” with no political future in Georgia. Speaking at the Parliament’s bureau session on November 12, Kobakhidze said that it is “absolutely inadmissible” that UNM speaks about democratic ideals as it is the …

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GDDG Leaders on Akhalkalaki Incident, UNM ‘Provocations’

Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze said today that the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG) stands in solidarity with their team member Enzel Mkoyan, whose brother has been named among the attackers on the UNM-led coalition’s election headquarters in Akhalkalaki district on October 30. UNM-led coalition members have been claiming that dozens of GDDG …

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Public Defender Calls for Restraint on Criticism against CSOs

Public Defender Nino Lomjaria has slammed the authorities for their criticism of the civil society organizations, and has urged them to observe the international standards in protecting the rights and the safety of civil society groups and activists. In a statement released on October 24, Nino Lomjaria said “some senior …

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Speaker Slams UNM, Rustavi 2 for ‘Brainwashing Campaign’

Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze, who has emerged as the leading campaigner for the ruling party-endorsed presidential candidate, Salome Zurabishvili, slammed the opposition United National Movement for carrying out a “brainwashing, propaganda campaign.” Kobakhidze made the statement at a press briefing on October 16, a day after Rustavi 2 TV, a national broadcaster …

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Transparency International Alarmed Over State Capture, Pressure on CSOs in Georgia

Transparency International, a global anti-corruption coalition, released a statement on October 16, condemning the “recent indications of increased state capture in Georgia and verbal attacks on civil society by prominent members of government.” TI stated that as Georgia’s October 28 Presidential Elections are approaching, the organization joins “its Georgian chapter …

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Watchdogs Accuse Speaker Kobakhidze of ‘Discrediting’ Civil Society Groups

Eight leading Georgian civil society organizations released a joint statement on October 8, condemning Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze’s CSO-related remarks as continuation of ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia’s “aggressive rhetoric” against the civil society sector, and an attempt to “delegitimize” and “discredit” the organizations. The CSOs, including GYLA, TI and ISFED, …

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Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine Inaugurate Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in Tbilisi

The inter-parliamentary assembly of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine has officially kicked off, with its inaugural plenary session held in Tbilisi on October 5-6. Georgian, Moldovan and Ukrainian Parliament Speakers, Irakli Kobakhidze, Andrian Candu, and Andriy Parubiy, signed the statute of the assembly on October 5, stressing the importance of such cooperation. …

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Georgian Dream Tries to Steamroll CSOs, Retreats

The ruling Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia (GDDG) officials have launched a coordinated broadside against Georgian civil society groups, having been irked at the statement of Georgian watchdogs  condemning “a severe crisis in the governance system, clear signs of high level corruption and informal, clan rule.” Pressing an apparently orchestrated …

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Speaker Slams CSOs for ‘Politically-biased’ Statements

Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze, who has emerged as the leading campaigner for the ruling party-endorsed candidate, Salome Zurabishvili, slammed the civil society organizations for “politically-biased” statements. Kobakhidze made the remarks in an interview with Rustavi 2 on October 2, a day after thirteen leading CSOs, including TI, GYLA and ISFED, …

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Speaker Accuses UNM of ‘Provocation, Disinformation’

Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze, who has emerged as the highest profile political figure campaigning in the name of the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia, has attacked the opposition during a special news briefing on September 24, saying the United National Movement (UNM) aims to destabilize the election environment ahead of the …

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Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine to Inaugurate Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in October

Tbilisi will host the first inter-parliamentary assembly meeting of Georgian, Moldovan and Ukrainian lawmakers in early October, according to Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze. Kobakhidze made the announcement on September 20 at the Foreign Relations Committee hearing, which approved the Georgian Parliament’s ten-member delegation to the assembly. Addressing the Foreign Relations …

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Speaker: Opposition “has no chance” in Presidentials

Parliament Chairperson Irakli Kobakhidze has stated opposition “has no chance” in winning the presidential elections, scheduled on October 28. Speaking to journalists he said “our [Georgian Dream] support rate is around 50%, which was proven both during the local and parliamentary elections. There is a real possibility that the [presidential] elections …

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Georgian Dream Party Expels Rebellious MP

The ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party has expelled from its ranks MP Davit Chichinadze, following his public criticism of Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze. In a brief statement on July 18, the ruling party said Davit Chichinadze “has multiple times grossly violated the party discipline and the universally recognized moral and …

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Georgian Parliament Speaker, U.S. Lawmakers Discuss Free Trade Agreement

Georgian Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze, who is on a visit to the United States on June 26-28, met with American Congressmen and Senators, discussing among others the possibility of signing a free trade agreement between the two countries. The Parliament Chairman, together with his counterparts from Lithuania, Moldova, Poland and …

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Bulgarian, Georgian Parliament Speakers Discuss Deepening Ties

Tsveta Karayancheva, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, who is on her official visit to Georgia, met  with Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze today, discussing the two countries’ bilateral cooperation. “Georgia and Bulgaria form a natural bridge between Europe and Asia considering their location, and it is …

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Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine to Expand Parliamentary Ties

Visiting Kiev for the inter-parliamentary conference on June 8-9, Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze met his counterparts from Moldova, Andrian Candu, and Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy. The three speakers have agreed today to establish an inter parliamentary assembly that “would expand cooperation and dialogue among the countries, strengthen their parliamentary relations and …

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Bidzina Ivanishvili Confirmed as Georgian Dream Chairman

Former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, who established the Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG) party in 2012, was endorsed as the GDDG chairman at the ruling party congress today. The congress, attended by government officials, lawmakers and regional delegates, was convened earlier this month, shortly after the ex-PM confirmed that he would …

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Speaker, President Spar over Presidential Pardons

The political row over President Giorgi Margvelashvili’s pardoning practices continues, nearly a month after mounting criticism forced the President to suspend pardoning of prisoners convicted for violent crimes. The recent episode follows Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze’s statement on May 2, when he accused the President of “abusing” his power to …

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MEPs Visit Georgia, Meet Top Officials

A four-member delegation of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defense (SEDE) visited Georgia on May 8-10, discussing with Georgian leaders the country’s relations with the European Union and the situation in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia. The delegation of the SEDE subcommittee includes Anna Fotyga (ECR, Poland), Clare …

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