Politics

Georgia’s president refuses to convene parliament to pass revamped Constitution

by | September 25, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--President Giorgi Margvelashvili has turned down a request by the ruling party to call an unscheduled session of parliament in order to adopt the new Constitution, citing the threat of one-party rule. “The president will not convene an extraordinary session,”

Politics

Georgia’s constitutional reform gets cautious thumbs up from CoE

by | September 23, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Venice Commission draws an overall positive conclusion about Georgia’s latest constitutional reform in an assessment published Friday, but the Council of Europe experts are still concerned about the lack of consensus among the country’s largest political parties.

News

Azerbaijani agents shadowing opposition journalists in Tbilisi

by | September 20, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--The exiled wife of jailed Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli says she fears there may be a new wave of harassment against herself and other critics of the regime of Ilham Aliyev. Mukhtarli was abducted in downtown Tbilisi on May 31 and taken across the border

News

David Lynch to found film festival and cinematography institute in Georgia

by | September 16, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--American film director David Lynch is coming to Georgia in November to launch a film festival and open a new institute of cinematography named after him. The iconic director, who is known for the films Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive,

News

Openly lesbian woman to run for public office in Georgia, a first

by | September 16, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--For the first time, an openly lesbian woman will run for political office in Georgia. Nino Bolkvadze, a professional lawyer, was nominated Friday by the Republican Party to compete for a seat in the Tbilisi city council, the Sakrebulo, this October.

News

Georgian PM denounces Saakashvili as a sad reminder of the past after Ukraine border stunt

by | September 13, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Saakashvili is Georgia’s ‘very sad past’ says Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili while commenting recent developments in Ukraine. "Mikheil Saakashvili is the political past of our country, a very sad past, and it is very unfortunate,

News

Georgian ex-president burst through police block and into Ukraine

by | September 11, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--After trying for several hours, Mikheil Saakashvili finally managed to get into Ukraine Sunday evening, with the help of his supporters. Currently he is in Lviv and reportedly plans to travel to Kiev. “I don’t plan to oust anyone, I plan only to legally defend my interests,”

News

Saakashvili breaks through Ukraine border assisted by crowd of supporters

by | September 10, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili broke through the border to Ukraine on Sunday, aided by a crowd of supporters. At first, the train he was riding from Poland, bound for the Ukrainian city of Lviv, was held at the border in Przemysl,

News

Saakashvili confirms pledge to enter Ukraine on September 10

by | September 7, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has repeated a pledge made three weeks ago to return to Ukraine on September 10, despite the risk of being detained and extradited to Georgia where he may face criminal charges and possible imprisonment.

Crime

Georgian priest sentenced to nine years in prison for murder attempt

by | September 5, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Tbilisi court on Tuesday sentenced a high ranking cleric to nine years in prison for trying to kill the patriarch’s personal secretary with poison. The case has sent shock waves through Georgian society and revealed divisions within one

News

CoE’s Buquicchio disappointed by Georgian stalemate on new constitution

by | September 5, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--The head of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio is disappointed by the lack of progress on Georgia’s constitutional reform. The commission president took to Twitter on Monday to react to a lack of agreement between

News

52 tourists rescued in Georgia’s mountains this summer

by | September 1, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Fifty-two foreign tourists got lost in Georgia in the period from June 1 to August 17, according to figures published Friday by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and reported by Interpressnews. Everyone was rescued safe and sound except two German nationals,

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