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CSOs Call for New Rules in Chief Prosecutor’s Appointment

A group of around 40 civil society organizations united in the Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary call for reforming the “deficient rules” of chief prosecutor’s selection and urge the authorities to suspend the ongoing selection process led by Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani before fundamentally reforming the appointment procedures. …

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Irish Parliament Committee Adopts Resolution on Georgia

The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence of the Irish Parliament adopted at its meeting on June 21 a resolution on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the declaration of independence, reaffirming Ireland’s “unwavering support” for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. …

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U.S. Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Resolution on Georgia

A group of eight U.S. Congressmen, including Ted Poe and Gerald Connolly, Co-Chairmen of the House Georgia Caucus, introduced a bipartisan resolution regarding Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova into the House of Representatives on June 20, reaffirming the United States support to three countries’ efforts “to retain political sovereignty and territorial …

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Georgian, Estonian Leaders Discuss Bilateral Ties, NATO Integration

Georgian President Giorgi Margevlashvili, who is on a three-day visit to Estonia on June 21-23, met today with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, discussing Georgia’s expectations from the upcoming Brussels Summit on July 11-12. According to Margvelashvili’s press office, the two presidents focused on regional security …

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44th Round of Geneva International Discussions

The 44rd round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) – the multilateral mediation forum to address security and humanitarian consequences of the Russo-Georgian War of August 2008 – was held on June 20. The GID are co-chaired by the representatives of the OSCE, EU and UN, and involve representatives from …

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Bakhtadze’s Cabinet Wins Confidence

The Parliament of Georgia confirmed on June 20 Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze’s new government with 99 votes in favor to 6 against. The following ministers will be in Bakhtadze’s cabinet: Minister of Corrections – Kakha Kakhishvili; Minister of Culture and Monument Protection – Mikheil Giorgadze Minister of Defense – Levan Izoria; Minister …

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OSCE Ambassadors Visit Tbilisi, Discuss Situation in Abkhazia, S.Ossetia

A group of ambassadors from OSCE-member states based in Vienna are paying a visit to Georgia on June 19-21, ten years after such visit was last conducted in the country. The 25-member delegation has already met President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Deputy Foreign Minister Vakhtang Makharoblishvili and First Deputy Parliament Speaker Tamar …

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PM-Designate, Ministerial Candidates Speak of Priorities, Structural Reforms

Prime Minister-designate Mamuka Bakhtadze and ministerial candidates presented yesterday their new program priorities at hearings of parliamentary committees and political groups. PM-designate Bakhtadze exposed his vision of the country’s development, including institutional reforms, entrepreneurship, green economy, education, and poverty reduction. Bakhtadze touched upon the concept of small government, saying the …

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Pankisi residents rally, demand justice in terror-related death

Residents rallied today in Pankisi gorge’s village of Duisi in solidarity with Malkhaz Machalikashvili, whose son Temirlan Machalikashvili was shot dead during the State Security Service (SSS) operation against alleged terrorist suspects on December 26, 2017. Machalikashvili family as well as his supporters claim Temirlan’s innocence and call for punishing those …

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Georgia’s Foreign Trade in Jan-May 2018

Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first five months of 2018 increased by 24.5% year-on-year, reaching USD 4.9 billion, according to the preliminary figures released by the state statistics office today. Exports from Georgia increased by 28% year-on-year to USD 1.3 billion, and imports were up by 23.4% y/y to …

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