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De facto regime of Tskinvali region will close the so called border
Update Time: 2017-04-20 16:10:00
The de facto regime of Tskinvali region will close the administrative border in connection with inauguration of the so called elected president, Anatoly Bibilov.Inauguration will be held on April 21. As the so-called security committee is reporting, no civilians will be allowed to cross the so called border from 8 PM, April 20 to 7 AM, 22 April.
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Politics
“Constitution Belongs to Everyone” - President held a meeting in Batumi
Update Time: 2017-04-20 16:07:00
As a part of the campaign “Constitution Belongs to Everyone”, the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, is holding a meeting with the Students of Shota Rustaveli State University in Batumi town, Adjara region.The Presidential campaign aims to increase public participation in the Constitutional amendment process before its final approval.As a part of the campaign, the President plans to visit all regions of Georgia. 
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Politics
Indirect election of President is normal - MPs respond to Giorgi Margvelahvili’s statement
Publish Time: 2017-04-20 16:07:00
The President's statement on the Constitutional amendments was followed by acute assessments from the ruling team.Tamar Chugoshvili, Vice-Speaker of the Parliament calls Giorgi Margvelashvili's statement incorrect. The issue is related to the President's election rule. 
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European Georgia and Free Democrats left Constitutional Commission
Update Time: 2017-04-20 16:00:00
European Georgia and Free Democrats have officially left Constitutional Commission today. The representatives of the parties Irakli Abesadze and Shalva Shavgulidze have made the regarding statement at the press-conference. According to them the constitutional amendments offers the unfair electoral system and restriction of president’s rights. Only positions of Georgian Dream are considered in the bill unlike those of oppositional political parties and NGO sector. They do not plan to participate in voting that will be held on Saturday. As a reminder, several parties have also left the commission. 
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Politics
Personal Data Protection Inspector to present report at the Parliament
Update Time: 2017-04-20 12:14:00
Tamar Keldani, Personal Data Protection Inspector is expected at the Parliament today. Personal Data Protection Inspector will present the report on 2016 activities of the agency.The document covers violations revealed in last year and recommendations.
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"Lavrov's visit to occupied Abkhazia was humiliating for our country" - MPs respond to opening of Russian Embassy in Sokhumi
Update Time: 2017-04-20 12:13:00
The assessments are made on Russian Foreign Minister’s arrival in Georgia’s breakaway Abkhazia region. US Embassy to Georgia expresses concern over the visit of Sergey Lavrov to occupied Abkhazia. Nicholas Berliner, the acting ambassador of US says that Russia’s embassy in Abkhazia, which was opened two days ago, will not have many neighbor embassies as international community considers Abkhazia as a part of Georgia. According to him US does not recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and continues to support Georgia's territorial integrity.The representatives of Georgia’s ruling team as well as the opposition are condemning Lavrov’s visit and assessing it as illegal act.Russia’s Minister Sergey Lavrov paid a visit to Georgia’s breakaway Abkhazia region on April 18 and 19, 2017.
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Only Georgian Dream may remain in Constitutional Commission
Publish Time: 2017-04-20 12:10:00
Political parties declaring Boycott to State Constitutional Commission. Only Georgian Dream may remain in the Commission.European Georgia, Free Democrats and Labour Party plan to leave Constitutional Commission.
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Society
Rescue operation under way in Black Sea
Publish Time: 2017-04-20 10:21:00
Rescue operation under way in Black Sea. There was one Georgian citizen among the crew members of the cargo ship, which sank in the Black Sea on April 19. The dry cargo ship “Geroi Arsenala” sent a distress call Wednesday morning after reportedly suffering a wreck in the Black Sea, prompting a large-scale rescue operation. At least seven crewmembers are said to be missing.According to Maritime Agency, the works were canceled due to poor visibility last night and resumed today.Rescuers saved one man’s life yesterday, and three bodies were found, which are being identified at this moment.
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Politics
Hungarian Prime Minister to visit Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-04-20 09:19:00
Hungarian PM Victor Orban will visit Georgia today. Georgian PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili will host his Hungarian counterpart at the face-to-face meeting and negotiations will continue in an expanded format afterwards. A ceremony of signing documents is planned between two countries’ governments. The Georgia-Hungary business-forum will be held within the framework of the official visit at the Courtyard Marriot hotel. Victor Orban will also meet with Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Parliamentary Head Irakli Kobakhidze. 
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World
EU's Tusk says Polish intelligence probe part of 'smear campaign'
Update Time: 2017-04-19 20:56:00
European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday he was under no doubt that Poland's right-wing government was trying to discredit him with a smear campaign.Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, was speaking as he was to testify in Warsaw as a witness in a military intelligence probe. "I have no doubt that this is part of a political smear campaign. Its authors do not really hide it," Tusk told local media.The 59-year old EU official is the ex-leader of Poland's largest opposition party, Civic Platform (PO), and arch-rival of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the ruling, euroskeptic Law and Justice (PiS) party that has brought prosecutors under direct government control.Tusk has been summoned to testify in an investigation against former heads of military counter-intelligence (SKW) suspected of co-operating with foreign intelligence services without the required authorisation of the prime minister, which was Tusk at the time.A former SKW head has said that Tusk was fully aware of secret services' co-operation with Russia and had authorised it, Reuters reports. 
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Economics
Why IMF reduced prognosis of Georgia’s economic growth
Update Time: 2017-04-19 20:42:00
Why International Monetary Fund (IMF) reduced prognosis for Georgia’s economic growth? “Moambe” News Program of First Channel talked to Francois Painchaud, IMF Resident Representative in Georgia to obtain the answer to the question. Painchaud said he did not exclude reconsideration of the prognosis in summer. According IMF Resident Representative, the cautious prognosis is linked to regional and global risks. One of the risks is connected to the recent referendum in Turkey based on which President secured increase of power and the country is transforming onto the presidential rule.  
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Conflicts/Terrorism
Russian Foreign Minister wraps up visit in occupied Abkhazia
Update Time: 2017-04-19 20:18:00
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is wrapping up his 2-day visit in Georgia’s one of two occupied regions of Abkhazia. Lavrov talked about the support for the “Abkhazian course” during the meeting with de-facto Abkhazian President Raul Khajimba. "We are interested in supporting your course, aimed at ensuring equal rights for everyone in order the citizens to feel peaceful here," Lavrov said.The Russian Foreign Minister also noted the importance of "implementation of the agreements reached between two countries." "We have good plans, supported by two governments," he added. The so-called Abkhazia President said that important changes had been carried out since Sergey Lavrov's last visit.
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Politics
Hearing of annual report from Head of State Security Service ends in conflict
Update Time: 2017-04-19 20:02:00
Hearing of the 2016 annual report from Vakhtang Gomelauri, Head of State Security Service in the parliament ended in conflict among MPs today. The Q&A part of the hearing was held in closed format upon the request of the majority. The decision explained by the ruling team with interests of the state caused protest in the opposition. Confrontation took place between MPs Emzar Kvitsiani and Giga Bokeria. Kvitsiani said it did not matter whether the hearing was open or not, as a resident of the foreign country, referring to Giga Bokeria, was in the hall. This was followed by the laughter from oppositional MPs and an offensive remark from Giga Bokeria, which angered Kvitsiani. He threw a glass full of water to Bokeria and tried to approach him, but he was stopped by security officers. Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament was forced to announce a break to defuse the tension.Otar Kakhidze, MP of European Georgia was also injured during the incident that took place between MPs. He was accidentally hit in his head with an ashtray thrown by his co-mate. Kakhidze was taken out of the building by MP Giorgi Tugushi to be provided with medical assistance for his bleeding head. The 27-page annual report had to do with terrorism threat, intelligence activities and fight against corruption.  According to Gomelauri, Anti-corruption Agency launched investigation into 47 alleged cases of corruption from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. Resolution of the problem regarding Georgia’s occupied territories was named as the main challenge facing the country. 
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Culture
Rustaveli Theater returns from Mexico trip
Update Time: 2017-04-19 18:54:00
Rustaveli Theater has returned from 1-week trip in Mexico. The theater troupe presented “Maria Callas – Lesson” directed by Robert Sturua within the framework of Historic Center Festival. Actors Lela Alibegashvili, Davit Darchia, Keti Svanidze and tenor Archil Gogitidze participated in the play. A press conference about Mexico trip was held at Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection. 
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Politics
Trust Group to begin working
Update Time: 2017-04-19 18:09:00
The Trust Group will soon begin working in the Georgian parliament. The group will consist of 4 members. The group will include MPs Eka Beselia and Archil Talakvadze. The parliamentary minority presented the candidacy of Irakli Abesadze. The fifth person is not known. MP Salome Zurabishvili also presented her candidacy. 
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Politics
Turkish ambassador: We have a strong strategic partnership and nothing can change it
Update Time: 2017-04-19 16:26:00
We have a strong strategic partnership and nothing can change it, - Turkish ambassador to Georgia Levent Gümrükçü told reporters. The Turkish diplomat spoke about the referendum held in Turkey with regard to the constitutional changes and said that the situation in the country was normal and peaceful. “According to the early results, constitutional changes will be carried out in the country”, he said.As for the Turkey-Georgia relations, according to him, “the relations between our countries have solid foundations. We have a strong strategic partnership and nothing will change”. 
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Georgia-Germany friendship marked in 2017
Update Time: 2017-04-19 16:25:00
Georgia and Germany celebrate the year of friendship in 2017. German migrants arrived in Georgia 200 years ago and German-Georgian diplomatic relationship also marks the 25th anniversary.  Cultural, economic, educational and sports activities will be held in both countries. Deputy Georgian Foreign Minister Khatuna Tortladze and German Ambassador to Georgia Heike Peitsch talked about the planned events during the meeting held at Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
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Society
Activity for getting free ID cards continues
Publish Time: 2017-04-19 16:21:00
The activity of Justice Ministry for getting free ID cards will continue till April 29. The activity was announced 24 times during the last 4 years. More than 1 200 000 citizens used the service. Interested persons should apply to Justice House. The activity aims at formation of exact election lists. 
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Politics
Patriots’ Alliance quits Constitutional Commission
Update Time: 2017-04-19 16:15:00
Patriots’ Alliance has quit Constitutional Commission. Other oppositional parties plan to make the same decision. Democratic Movement moved to boycott regime starting yesterday. The opposition disapproves indirect rule for election of president, abolishment of party blocs and the issue of distribution of mandates. Members of European Georgia Party have not made the decision to quit the commission yet. 
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MP Emzar Kvitsiani throws glass full of water to MP Giga Bokeria
Publish Time: 2017-04-19 16:07:00
Confrontation took place between MPs Emzar Kvitsiani and Giga Bokeria during the plenary session in parliament. The conflict was caused by the decision to close the hearing for presentation of an annual report by Vakhtang Gomelauri, Head of State Security Service. Kvitsiani said it did not matter whether the hearing was open or not, as a resident of the foreign country, referring to Giga Bokeria, was in the hall. This was followed by laughter from the opposition MPs side and an offensive remark from Giga Bokeria, which angered Kvitsiani. He threw a glass full of water to Bokeria and tried to approach him, but he was stopped by security officers. Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament announced a break to defuse the tension.
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