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Georgian Prime Minister to deliver a speech at the 72nd UN General Assembly Session on September 21
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 20:05:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will deliver a speech at the 72nd UN General Assembly Session on September 21. The head of the Government continues holding high level meetings in New York.Kvirikashvili has held a meeting with Moldova's Prime Minister today.The 72nd UN General Assembly Session is of historic importance for the Georgian delegation. Georgia became Chair of en Government Partnership (OGP), an organization bringing together 75 countries. Georgia took over the chairmanship from France for one-year tenure.Active involvement of citizens in open governance, implementation of anti-corruption reforms and transparency - these are priorities named by Prime Minister, according to which Georgia plans to lead a high level organization.Within the UN General Assembly, Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi kvirikashvili met EU High Representative Federica Mogerini. During the meeting it becomes known that Mogerini and US Vice President discussed the Georgia’s issue during the meeting.
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Politics
EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee ended work
Update Time: 2017-09-20 18:19:00
The EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee has ended work. At the end of the 5th meeting, European and Georgian parliamentarians adopted a traditional document, which reviews several issues among them: Georgian-EU relations, reforms implemented in Georgia, elections, territorial integrity  and constitutional reform.The European MPs hopes that the conclusions of Venice Commission will be taken into consideration in a new edition of the constitution.The 39-point document expresses support toward the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia.Discussion focused on the Eastern Partnership summit as well, where the European MPs will demand the ambitious agenda for Georgia for the next two years in order to achieve the tangible results.
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Politics
Parliament approved Irakli Mekvabishvili on the post of Head of State Audit Service
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 18:14:00
With 80 votes for and non-against, - Irakli Mekvabishvili was approved on the post of Head of State Audit Service during the parliament’s sitting today. The legislative body elected Mekvabishvili for the five-year term.He served as the main banker of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Georgia.Parliamentary majority underlines Mekvabishvili’s professionalism. Minority says that it is important how new head of the Audit Service will maintain independence and be impartial.
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Politics
Alternative version of the constitutional changes project - President introduced document to NGOs
Update Time: 2017-09-20 18:09:00
The alternative version of the constitutional changes project, prepared by president and the opposition parties, will be sent to the Venice Commission today.Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili held a meeting with the representatives of the non-governmental organizations today and got them acquainted with the prepared document.Margvelashvili hopes that the ruling team will realize that the consensus is necessary for getting a document of consent.NGO sector believes that the agreement on the major issues is necessary for reaching the consensus.  They highlight electoral system as the most important topic.
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Crime
Two Special Operations in Tbilisi - three people detained for drag crime
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 18:05:00
Two Special Operations in Tbilisi - Criminal Police Officers have detained three people for drug-related offenses.One accused person is up to 70 year old. The second operation is conducted with the purpose to arrest father and son.
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Politics
Parliament approved Irakli Mekvabishvili on the post of Head of State Audit Service
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 15:54:00
Parliament has approved Irakli Mekvabishvili on the post of Head of State Audit Service with 80 votes for. At the Plenary session, the Speaker of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhiodze introduced the biography of Mekvabishvili to the lawmakers.The legislative body elected Irakli Mekvabishvili as the Head of State Audit Service for the five-year term.
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Politics
Alternative version of the constitutional changes project - Assessments at the Parliament
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 12:19:00
The statements on alternative version of the constitutional changes project, prepared by president and the opposition parties, are made at the Parliament since morning.The opposition calls on the government to continue dialogue and the ruling party accuses the opposition of lacking the willingness to reach consensus.The alternative version of the constitutional changes project was presented by the president and the opposition parties yesterday.The five-point version will be sent to the ruling team and the Venice Commission in the coming days. The authors of the alternate version demand several changes. In particular, the direct rule of electing the president, full proportional electoral system from 2020, lowering the election threshold, maintaining blocs and distributing undistributed parliamentary mandates proportionally. Changes also refer to Security Council’s functions.
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Georgia becomes chair of Open Government Partnership
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 12:08:00
Georgia officially became the chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), organization bringing together 75 countries.Georgia took over the chairmanship of the organization from France for one-year tenure.The high-level event was held within the 72nd UN General Assembly Session in New York.Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi kvirikashvili and the President of France Emmanuel Macron delivered speeches during the session.Giorgi Kvirikashvili said that the chairmanship of the OGP is an honor for Georgia.According to Prime Minister, today, OGP stands at a turning point, where each of us should take responsibility in positioning OGP as a powerful global movement for achieving openness and deeper democracy and as a countervailing force against the closing of civic space and distrust in government. “As we communicate the key values of OGP, let’s emphasize the importance of inclusive approach to governance as an indicator of success in achieving openness.  Georgia prides itself to be among the few countries where all branches of the government are involved in the OGP process.  We strongly believe that a comprehensive approach at the national level has defined Georgia’s overall country performance in various directions. Hence, with the aim to foster the broadening of collective ownership of OGP domestically, we aim to encourage OGP participating countries to raise the bar of openness at the judicial, parliamentary and sub-national levels.  I thank all countries for trusting us to serve as the Chair of the partnership and stand ready to dedicate all our resources to make our tenure a success. I believe that in the era of globalization success cannot be achieved without global partnerships and mutual support”, said the PM. 
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Society
No Georgian citizens among injured in Mexico earthquake
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 12:16:00
There are no Georgian citizens among the dead or injured as a result of an earthquake which struck Mexico. Nikoloz Svanidze, the representative of Georgian Embassy to Mexico reports in that regard. According to him, at this stage 25 citizens of Georgia are fixed at the territory. The representative of the Embassy calls on Georgian citizens to keep calm.
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World
More than 200 died in Mexico quake
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 12:03:00
A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, - BBC reported.President Enrique Peña Nieto said more than 20 children had died and 30 were missing after a school collapsed.The 7.1 magnitude quake also caused major damage in neighbouring states.The tremor struck shortly after many people had taken part in an earthquake drill, exactly 32 years after a quake killed thousands in Mexico City.The country is prone to earthquakes and earlier this month an 8.1 magnitude tremor in the south left at least 90 dead.Foreign leaders sent messages of support to Mexico as the scale of the disaster became clear.Source: BBC
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Politics
Georgia’s PM expressed condolence over Mexico earthquake
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 07:43:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili expressed condolence to the Mexican people due to the tragedy caused by the strong earthquake."I would like to express my support towards the Mexican people, who now has to deal with the results of the earthquake," - the Prime Minister of Georgia said in his speech at a high-level event held within the Open Government Partnership in New York. The 7.1 magnitude quake hit central Mexico, killing more than 140 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, the BBC reports. 
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Politics
Georgia becomes chair of Open Government Partnership
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 01:41:00
For the first time, Georgia became the chair of the organization of 75 countries - Open Government Partnership (OGP). The ceremony was attended by the President of France Emmanuel Macron.Thechairmanship was officially transferred from the President of France  to Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili for a one-year term.
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Politics
President and opposition presented alternative version of constitutional reform
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 20:10:00
The alternative version of the constitutional changes project is ready - the document has been worked out by the president and the opposition parties.The five-point version will be sent to the ruling team and the Venice Commission in the coming days. The authors of the alternate version demand several changes. In particular, the direct rule of electing the president, full proportional electoral system from 2020, lowering the election threshold, maintaining blocs and distributing undistributed parliamentary mandates proportionally. Changes also refer to Security Council’s functions.
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Politics
Georgia to chair Open Government Partnership (OGP)
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 20:05:00
Georgia, for the first time in history, will chair the Open Government Partnership (OGP), organization bringing together 75 countries. The ceremony will be held at 01:00 AM Tbilisi time in New York.Georgia takes over the chairmanship of the organization from France  for one-year tenure. The President of France Emmanuel Macron will attend the ceremony.Within the UN General Assembly, Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi kvirikashvili will meet with EU High Representative Federica Mogerini. The heads of delegations will be hosted at the dinner given on behalf of Donald and Melania Trump. Georgian Prime Minister is scheduled to deliver a speech at the 72nd UN General Assembly Session on September 21. During his visit, the head of the Government will also hold bilateral meetings.
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Society
Special portfolio Space for Ideas created on the web-page of Broadcaster
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 18:58:00
A special portfolio Space for Ideas has been created on the web-page of the First Channel of the Georgian Public Broadcaster with the purpose to shoot documentary films.Any Georgian documentalist is able to submit own project application. The projects will be selected by the Directors of Georgian Film Production Selection and Monitoring Service and Media Production.The best projects’ authors will be interviewed before the final decision.
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Media
Public Broadcaster responds to Kakha Kukava's allegations
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 18:26:00
Georgian Public Broadcaster responds to the allegations voiced by Kakha Kukava, the Tbilisi Mayor candidate of the political bloc Democratic Movement Free Georgia.The Public Broadcaster rejects to place one of the pre-election advertisements of political bloc in its airtime as Broadcaster believes that it contains elements of commercial ad.Tbilisi Mayor Candidate accuses the Broadcaster of making a politically motivated decision.The political bloc Democratic Movement Free Georgia has already addressed to the National Communications Commission with the request to consider the issue and expects a reply for the end of the week.
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World
US Senate approved 2018 National Defense Budget
Update Time: 2017-09-19 18:23:00
U.S. Senate passed its version of a $700 billion defense policy bill. The document refers to Georgia as well.The document says that Georgia is a valuable American friend. The bill also states that the United States continues to support Georgia’s action plan for NATO membership and country’s territorial integrity.The document adopted by the Senate emphasizes that Russia continues its aggression against neighboring countries.
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Politics
EU-Georgia Association Committee meeting held in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 18:19:00
The constitutional amendments were one of the main topics of discussions at the fifth session of the EU-Georgia Association Committee. European MPs are  visiting Tbilisi.EU ambassador to Georgia and chairman of the Association Committee are evaluating the issue. During the session, the Speaker of the Georgia’s Parliament addressed to the MPs with a speech.The statements of Irakli Kobakhidze were followed by criticism by opposition during the session.
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Politics
Georgia’s President - document on constitutional changes sent to ruling team and Venice Commission
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 18:05:00
Georgia’s President says that twenty political parties have managed to achieve a consensus regarding the changes to be made to the Constitutional Amendments project. President made the regarding statement during a special briefing held today.According to Giorgi Margvelashvili, the prepared document will be sent to the ruling team and the Venice Commission.
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Justice
Mukhtarli's family publicized materials that, in their opinion, confirm that they are being watched
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 16:07:00
The family members of Afgan Mukhtarli have publicized the photo and video materials that, in their opinion, confirm that they are being watched. Afgan Mukhtarli’s wife Leila Mustafaeva calls on Prime Minister and law enforcement agencies to speed up with the investigation regarding the case.As the family lawyer said, the materials were handed over to the Prosecutor's Office for already a month ago. According to Archil Chopikashvili, the materials have not been published before due to the interests of investigation.The prosecutor’s Office responded to the fact. According to the main investigative body the investigation into the case is underway under Article 143 (illegal imprisonment) of the Criminal Code of Georgia and the presented material is being studied.As a reminder, Azeri journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was abducted from Tbilisi when he was returning home on May 29, 2017. Later he happened to be at Azerbaijani territory. 
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