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Government Proposes to End Life-Time Protection to Top Officials

The Government initiated amendments to the law on August 27, which would end the life-time security protection to Georgia’s top officials. The bill prepared by the Special State Protection Service abolishes the life-time security protection to former Heads of State, reducing it to one year following the officials’ exit from …

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Margvelashvili won’t Seek Second Term

President Giorgi Margvelashvili announced today that he would not seek the second term in office during the October 28 presidential elections. The announcement was widely expected. Margvelashvili said he intends to serve his homeland “in a different form.” Speaking at a meeting with students and academia on August 31, Margvelashvili …

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Rights Group Calls on President to Name Supreme Court Chair Candidate

The Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary, which unites around 40 Georgian civil society organizations and rights watchdogs, called on President Giorgi Margvelashvili to nominate a Supreme Court chairmanship candidate. In a statement released on August 31, the Coalition said that “it is strongly against the President’s decision not to …

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President not to nominate Chief Justice, “for now”

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has decided not to nominate the new Supreme Court chair for now, Giorgi Abashishvili, head of the President’s administration told reporters on August 24. Abashishvili explained, that while the President tried to achieve broad public consensus over the Chief Justice’s candidate, such “consensus has failed to …

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Presidential Polls Slated for October 28

Presidential elections will be held on October 28, 2018, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili announced at a press briefing today. Margvelashvili said the respective decree was already submitted to Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze for his approval. According to the electoral code, the formal pre-election period will start 60 days before the …

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Trump on Georgia’s NATO Membership: ‘Not Right Now’

United States President Donald Trump, who took part in the NATO Summit in Brussels, spoke on Georgia at a press conference on July 12, saying the country has a chance to join the Alliance, but “not right now.” “At a certain point they have a chance, not right now,” Trump said. He also …

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NATO, Georgia Agree to Enhance Partnership

Leaders of 29 NATO member nations and Georgian officials met at NATO-Georgia Commission meeting in Brussels today to discuss security, defense reform and cooperation. Upon conclusion of the meeting, the sides adopted a joint declaration, emphasizing “unique scope and depth of Georgia’s relationship with the Alliance.” In the declaration, Allies recognize the …

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Georgian President, NATO SG meet in Brussels

President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met during the NATO Summit in Brussels on July 12, discussing “close partnership” between the Alliance and Georgia. Stoltenberg said at the joint press conference following the meeting that cooperation between NATO and Georgia is “stronger than ever,” and that Georgia is …

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SG Stoltenberg: NATO’s Door Remains Open for Georgia

A day ahead of the NATO Summit in Brussels on July 11-12, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said “NATO’s door is and remains open.”  Speaking at a press conference on July 10, Stoltenberg hailed Georgia’s progress on reforms and on strengthening its defense and security institutions, but noted that he could not …

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President Margvelashvili on Protests in Tbilisi

The government’s drug policy should be “much more liberal,” and the police should be “dealing with drug traffickers” rather than users and petty dealers, President Giorgi Margvelashvili said today, just hours after two opposing rallies faced off in the center of Tbilisi. “In the last few days, we witnessed a …

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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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UN Ambassadors Visit Occupation Line, Meet Georgian Officials

Eight United Nations (UN) Permanent Representatives from Latin America, Africa and Asia, who are paying a visit to Georgia on May 5-12, met with Georgian leaders, and traveled to the occupation line near village Khurvaleti adjacent to Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia. The group includes permanent representatives of Congo, Saint Vincent and …

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Georgian Leaders Reiterate NATO Membership a Priority

President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze reiterated today that NATO membership remains country’s top foreign policy priority. The leaders were addressing the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum in Tbilisi today. They also spoke about shared values with the alliance, and highlighted …

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Margvelashvili Meets Azerbaijani Journalist’s Wife

President Giorgi Margvelashvili meets Leyla Mustafayeva, wife of the jailed Azerbaijani journalist, June 27, 2017. Photo: press office of the President President Giorgi Margvelashvili met with the wife of Afgan Mukhtarli, Leyla Mustafayeva, to get acquainted with recent developments over the case of the jailed investigative journalist. Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, …

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President Announces Tentative Date for Municipal Polls

President Giorgi Margvelashvili, June 27, 2017. Photo: President of Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili announced today that municipal elections will be held at the end of the third week of October, 2017. “It is important for political parties to have a predictable electoral environment and today, four months earlier, upon joint …

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Georgian Leaders Address NATO Parliamentary Assembly

President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Parliamentary Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze addressed the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) before its vote on the Declaration on Supporting Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic Integration on May 29. In his remarks, President Giorgi Margvelashvili stressed the importance of holding the Spring 2017 PA session in Tbilisi, …

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Georgia Marks Independence Day

Georgia marks Independence Day on May 26 with festivities and outdoor events in Tbilisi and other parts of the country. On this day 99 years ago Georgia declared its independence, which was extinguished by the military invasion of the Bolshevik Red Army on 25 February 1921. Georgia declared its independence …

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Nationwide Discussions on Constitution to Continue

Speaking at his press briefing on May 16, a day after the public discussion was thwarted in Tbilisi, Parliamentary Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze announced that the nationwide discussions on the proposed draft of constitutional amendments will continue until the end of May. Kobakhidze explained that the nationwide discussions will reach ten …

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