Ten opposition parties unite to exclude ruling Georgian Dream from new coalition

Opposition leaders at the signing of agreement at Labor Party office in Tbilisi. (1tv.ge) A day before the general election, ten opposition parties signed an agreement not to form a coalition government with the Georgian Dream, a political party presided by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili which rules the country since 2012. The parties state that current government of Georgian Dream “Significantly weakened Georgia's democratic institutions, with [...]

The government in Georgia claims the opposition is preparing a revolution

Irakli Kobakhidze, secretary of the ruling Georgian Dream party. (Facebook.) Three days ahead of Georgia’s general election, the government is trading barbs with the opposition with each side accusing each other of extreme measures, ranging [...]

US Nat Security Adviser @robertcobrien said during a meeting with Arm community in LA that US's "working with Scandinavian governments to put together a peacekeeping force that could be deployed into the region to keep the ceasefire."

A day before the general election, ten opposition parties signed an agreement not to form a coalition government with the Georgian Dream, a political party presided by billionaire Bidzina #Ivanishvili which rules the country since 2012. #Tbilisi #Gvote https://dfwatch.net/ten-opposition-parties-unite-to-exclude-ruling-georgian-dream-from-new-coalition-54348

Breaking: 5 died, 11 injured on the main road near #Gori, when a truck collided with a minivan ("marshutka"). All dead, injured are UNM supporters who were returning home from a rally in #Tbilisi. Photo @MtavariChannel

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Zugdidi hostage-taker still at large as manhunt continues

Police and forensic experts on Monday searched the house of Esebua's parents near Zugdidi. TBILISI, DFWatch--An ongoing police hunt in Georgia as so far failed to turn up a former soldier suspected of taking dozens [...]

18 natives of Georgia’s Javakheti killed in Karabakh war: local media

Photos of those fallen in Karabakh are displayed at Surb Khach (The Holy Cross) church in Akhalkalaki. (Jnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch--At least 18 natives of Georgia’s Javakheti region have died in the ongoing Karabakh war, an [...]

Saakashvili’s ex-ally accuses him of undermining opposition unity

Gigi Ugulava. Opposition infighting intensifies to new extremes three weeks ahead of general elections as former ally of ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili accuses him of violating opposition unity. Gigi Ugulava, the former mayor of Tbilisi and [...]

Armenia refuses to attend Russian-led military ODKB drills in Belarus

Indestructible Brotherhood-2019 in Tajikistan. (CSTO) Amid full-scale war in Nagorny Karabakh, Armenia refuses to take part in Russian-led military exercises “Indestructible Brotherhood-2020", which will be held in Belarus in mid-October, the Armenian Defense Ministry stated [...]

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“Clear disinformation”: Georgia denies allowing Turkish weapons shipments to Azerbaijan

Lasha Darsalia. (1tv.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia categorically denies rumors spread on various social networks that weapons are being brought to Azerbaijan through its territory and calls on the Armenian side not to rely on such misinformation [...]

Locals in Javakheti blocked for several hours road at the border with Turkey

(Jnews.ge) Ethnic Armenians of Georgia’s Javakheti regions blocked for several hours Tuesday a road that connects Georgia with Turkey and didn’t let trucks with Turkish numberplates in at the village of Kartsakhi, Akhalkalali [...]

Tensions high in Georgia as ethnic Armenians, Azerbaijanis rally to support sides in Karabakh war

Registration of volunteers at Ninotsminda stadium. (Radio Nor) Ongoing armed conflict between Azerbaijan and breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh has had strong repercussion in Georgia with its ethnic Armenian and Azerbaijan minorities. Both groups hold mass [...]

UNM embraces four minor parties to defeat “oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili”

Coalition presentation. (Newposts.ge) Georgia’s largest opposition force forms an electoral block with four small political parties to propose candidacy of ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili for PM office. State for the People, Republican Party, Chven [...]

Russian MP claima Georgia might have been involved in Navalny poisoning

Yuri Shvytkin. (Facebook) As the world, and democratic forces in Russia, remain shocked by cold-blooded poisoning of President Putin’s top foe by Novichok, the Kremlin points at Georgian and the United States as [...]

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Such campaigns against American NGOs are being run out of the Kremlin: IRI president

Daniel Twining (Twitter). “I am a little surprised to be talking about this in the context of Georgia, because such a campaign against American NGOs is being run out of the Kremlin […] [...]

Europe and Georgia

PACE to discuss dismissing its president in October

PACE President Pedro Agramunt. (Council of Europe.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will discuss a proposal to dismiss its chairperson in early October after a motion was tabled on Friday. The motion to dismiss PACE President Pedro Agramunt was backed by 158 out of the 636 member […]

Minorities

Groups say 25-year old’s fatal stabbing in Tbilisi was motivated by xenophobia

Vitali Safarov (Facebook). TBILISI, DFWatch--A young human rights activist who was stabbed to death in Tbilisi nearly two weeks ago was murdered by members of a neo-Nazi group, Georgian civic activists say. Vitali [...]

NGO News

1408, 2020

Georgian NGOs condemn Belarusian elections, violence against peaceful demonstrations

A coalition which unites over 180 Georgian NGOs harshly criticizes violence of Belarusian authorities against peaceful citizens in the wake of presidential elections held on August 9, and urges Georgian [...]

907, 2020

Companies related to GD donors receive tens of millions of public funds: Report

GD president Bidzina Ivanishvili (left) and speaker of parliament Archil Talakvadze. (Facebook.) Georgia’s ruling party received almost half of revenues totally got by all parties in 2019, whilst [...]

2801, 2020

Georgian NGOs call on government to immediately move toward proportional electoral system

Georgia’s major NGOs call upon the government to “fulfil the promise made to the public and move to a proportional electoral system”, which will be assumed as its readiness to [...]

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