In pictures: Sunday prayer in Batumi mosque

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

BATUMI, DFWatch–One Sunday in December, Muslims are cramming into the Orta Jame mosque in Batumi. Despite a three decades long effort to get permission to build a second mosque, they still have only one mosque to go to despite the city’s sizable Muslim population. […]

Saakashvili’s UNM splits in three factions in parliament

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: News|

Azer Suleimanov saved the UNM from disappearing in parliament. TBILISI, DFWatch–The party that ran the former Soviet republic Georgia for nearly a decade has split into three factions in parliament after a long internal feud over the role of its former leader Mikheil Saakashvili. For a few days, there was doubt over whether what […]

Gazprom to switch to monetary transit fee for using Georgia pipeline

By | January 14th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Anti-Gazprom demonstration in Tbilisi March, 2016. (DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia has agreed to less favourable conditions for allowing its territory to be used by Russian energy giant Gazprom to transit natural gas to Armenia. The resulting deal is is expected to be met with harsh criticism from the opposition and local energy experts. […]

EU parliament committee approves visa-free access for Georgians

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–3.7 million Georgian nationals came one step closer to getting visa-free access to EU’s vast borderless Schengen area on Tuesday, as members of the LIBE committee in the EU parliament added their seal of approval to the plan. The Committee on Civil Liberties, […]

Republican Party presents legislation to combat violence against women

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: Crime|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–In the former Soviet republic Georgia, the Republican Party has proposed legislation that will make femicide a separate crime – a gender-based hate crime which is causing alarm in the country. The Republicans, a party formed by Soviet dissenters in the 1970s, […]

Party which reformed Georgia during a decade breaks apart

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Davit Bakradze (left), the probable chairman of the new party, and Gigi Ugulava at Thursday’s briefing. ( TBILISI, DFWatch–Three months long infighting in Georgia’s main opposition party concluded with dozens of members announcing their departure and formation of a new opposition party on Thursday. 38 heads of municipal and regional organizations […]

Police move on libertarians for NYE cannabis planting stunt

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Detectives removing marijuana plants from the Girchi party office. Party supporters booing. TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in the former Soviet republic Georgia entered the office of a libertarian party on Wednesday, seizing 84 cannabis plants that were planted eleven days earlier in a publicity stunt to promote the decriminalization of drugs. The three officers spent […]

Breakaway South Ossetia prepares for presidential elections in spring

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Campaigning will soon begin for the election to become new de facto president of Georgia’s breakaway region South Ossetia. The secessionist parliament of the region must schedule the date of the election and start the campaign before January 29. […]

Breakup of Saakashvili’s UNM party seems inevitable

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: News|

Newly released from prison, ex-Mayor Gigi Ugulava quickly became the leader of the anti-Saakashvili wing of the UNM. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Leading figures in Georgia’s main opposition party the United National Movement (UNM) seemed to acknowledge that a split is inevitable in comments made on Tuesday. “This party is no longer united. When people don’t say hello […]

Son of former opposition leader charged with assaulting Rustavi 2 director

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Rati Gachechiladze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The son of a former opposition politician in Georgia was Monday officially charged with having assaulted the director of the largest opposition TV channel. The suspect Rati Gachechiladze (29) pleaded guilty and was released on 5,000 laris (USD 1,800) bail. […]

Rustavi 2 head assaulted at father’s funeral meal by son of Maestro director

By | January 8th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Nika Gvaramia at the police station. (Palitra TV.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The director of Georgia’s largest opposition-leaning TV channel was physically assaulted at a restaurant in Tbilisi Saturday evening. The attack took place as Rustavi 2 director Nika Gvaramia was preparing to leave a restaurant after the funeral of his father. […]

Ad showing murder of Santa goes viral in Georgia

By | January 7th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A New Year’s commercial in Georgia has caused controversy for showing Santa Claus being murdered in front of a child. Now, the Public Defender calls on the advertisement company to stop airing the ad. The video (16+) ‘Santa […]

Georgia’s Public Broadcaster selects new head who has links to Ivanishvili

By | January 7th, 2017|Categories: Media|Tags: , , , |

New GPB director Vasil Maglaperidze. (Channel 1.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The supervisory board of Georgia’s Public Broadcaster (GPB) on Thursday selected as new director a candidate with close ties to the ruling party and personal links to billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili. The decision to appoint Vasil Maglaperidze […]

Former Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava released from prison

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Gigi Ugulava. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The former mayor of Tbilisi was released from prison Friday evening. Tbilisi Court of Appeal partially reduced his sentence to 1 year, 3 months and 22 days. As the detention is counted from September 18, 2015, his term expired on January 6. […]

Ivanishvili-linked GDS TV to shut down political programs

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Bidzina Ivanishvili appearing on ‘2030’ in 2015. TBILISI, DFWatch–A pro-government TV channel in Georgia is suspending its political programs in the wake of a merger of the country’s three major mainstream TV companies, a local online news website reports. GDS is closing down its ‘2030’ program, […]

Culture house in Pankisi may close following ‘intentional’ fire

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A culture house in the Pankisi Gorge in the northern part of Kakheti may close after a fire that staff say was deliberately started. The fire on Tuesday didn’t cause much damage, but a spokesperson for the organization which runs the center […]

Influx of visitors to Georgia jumped 8 % in 2016

By | January 5th, 2017|Categories: Economy|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Almost 6.3 million people visited Georgia from abroad in 2016. This is 7.9 percent more than last year, the head of Georgian National Tourism Administration announced on Tuesday. Out of the total number, over 2.7 million stayed in the country for 24 hours or longer […]

Fire at Pankisi culture center was ‘intentionally set’

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

(Radio Way.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A fire that broke out at a culture house in the Pankisi Gorge was intentionally started, a spokesperson for the center told a local radio station. The building is located in Duisi, the largest village of Pankisi, a mountainous area of Georgia inhabited predominantly […]

‘Come get us’ – Libertarians invite police action after NYE weed planting

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Zurab Japaridze from the libertarian Girchi party. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Leaders of a small libertarian party in the former Soviet republic Georgia ask authorities to hold them to account after a marijuana planting stunt four days ago meant to force a softening of the country’s drug policy. So far, the activists have not […]

John McCain reaffirms U.S. security guarantee during visit to Georgia

By | January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Security|Tags: , , |

Senators John McCain (R), Lindsey Graham (R) and Amy Klobuchar (D). (Ministry of Defense.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Three American senators wrapped up their trip to Georgia on Monday by sending not-so-well wishes for the new year to Russia and its president Vladimir Putin. The two Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham and the their Democratic colleague […]

Georgian opposition party plants marijuana on New Year’s Eve

By | January 2nd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

(Pirveli TV.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The leader of an opposition party in the former Soviet republic Georgia made a small marijuana plantation inside the party office on New Year’s Eve as part of a campaign to decriminalize soft drugs. Zurab Japaridze, leader of a newly formed party called […]

Serbia prepares to lift visa requirements for Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan

By | December 31st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–While Georgian citizens are waiting for the final decision about a visa waiver system with the European Union, Serbia prepares to waive its visa rules for citizens of not only Georgia but also its two neighbors in the South Caucasus. “It was decided […]

De facto president hints Abkhazia might pull out of Geneva talks

By | December 30th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Abkhazia’s de facto government may pull out of the only format of negotiations between Georgia, Russia and the two breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia, de facto Abkhaz president Raul Khajimba warned on Tuesday. The former KGB officer […]

Abkhazia shuts down two border crossings with Georgia proper

By | December 30th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Nabakevi border crossing with Abkhazia. TBILISI, DFWatch–Authorities in Abkhazia decided at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday to close Nabakevi and Otobaya border crossings which connect the breakaway region to Georgia proper. There are now only two crossing points that are operational, only one of which […]

Georgian court convicts Abkhaz border guard of murder

By | December 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A border guard working for the de facto authorities in Abkhazia, one of two Georgian breakaway regions, was Wednesday found guilty by the district court in Zugdidi of murdering a Georgian man at a border crossing checkpoint last May. Border guard Rashid Kanji-Ogli […]

Georgia’s ruling party declares ‘pragmatic’ policy toward Russia

By | December 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–As Georgia’s parliament prepares to declare the country’s foreign policy, the opposition National Movement has lashed out at the ruling party for wanting a ‘pragmatic’ policy toward Russia. Georgia aspires to NATO and EU membership, parliamentarians are preparing to declare, […]

Maestro TV to merge with Imedi and GDS

By | December 28th, 2016|Categories: Media|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–One of Georgia’s largest TV channels confirmed on Tuesday that it has successfully concluded negotiations to merge with two other channels that are linked to former PM Bidzina Ivanishvili. Maestro TV was a voice of independent journalism […]

Lado Bedukadze, who leaked prison videos in 2012, to become TV host

By | December 28th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Lado Bedukadze. TBILISI, DFWatch–Lado Bedukadze, a  former prison guard who has caused controversy in several of Georgia’s elections, will become a TV host on a newly established broadcaster. Bedukadze will host a short segment on a completely new channel called […]

Constitutional Court decides prison is too harsh punishment for marijuana use

By | December 26th, 2016|Categories: Youth|Tags: , |

(DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Constitutional Court has struck down a law which sent many young people to prison for using marijuana. Being charged with possession and consumption of marijuana will no longer land you in jail in Georgia, after the Constitutional Court […]

Catholics and Protestants welcome Christmas several places in Georgia

By | December 26th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , , , |

Father Philipe conducted the Catholic mass in Rabati, Akhaltsikhe. (Samkhretis Karibche.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The arrival of Christmas was observed Saturday night at several churches in Georgia with Midnight Mass at the Catholic Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church in Tbilisi and in the Protestant Holy Trinity Church in Batumi. The ceremony in Batumi […]

Georgia’s largest opposition party on the verge of breaking up

By | December 25th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

Givi Targamadze claimed rivalry with fellow UNM members has become one of Saakashvili’s main priorities. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s biggest opposition party, the United National Movement (UNM), is on the verge of splitting in two, as its key figures claim the party is in the midst of a ‘coup attempt’. Givi Targamadze, the former chair of the defense and security […]

Christians begin open air prayer on disputed ruins in Mokhe

By | December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , |

(DFWatch.) ADIGENI, DFWatch–A dispute about the ruins of a mosque in the village Mokhe in the south of Georgia has deteriorated further after Christians began conducting prayer on the site. Muslims began holding Friday prayers on the ruins two months ago and did not stop […]

Man dies in avalanche in Svaneti

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A man died in an avalanche in Svaneti, in northwestern Georgia on Wednesday. The accident happened in Khaishi on the road between Jvari and Mestia. Rustavi 2 reported that the victim was a local minibus driver who had stopped his vehicle to look at the pileup […]

Data Akhalaia sentenced to 12 years for 2006 triple murder

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Wednesday sentenced former intelligence official Data Akhalaia in absentia to 12 years in jail in connection with the Navtlughi special operation in 2006. Data Akhalaia is seen as a close ally of ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili […]

Policeman in Borjomi road rage incident suspended

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has suspended a police officer who allegedly beat a journalist from Iberia TV a few days ago. Journalist Giorgi Gasviani two days ago told of how he was beaten by a policeman and two others after his car slipped on the icy road. […]

Council of the EU confirms agreement on visa-free travel for Georgians

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The prospect for Georgians to enter Europe without a visa came closer on Tuesday as the visa waiver agreement was approved by the Council of the EU’s Committee of Permanent Representatives, or COREPER. Tuesday’s decision […]

Georgian leaders condemn assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s prime minister made a made a quick visit to Istanbul on Tuesday a day after Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was shot and killed by a Turkish off duty police officer. PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili called the assassination ‘unprecedented […]

Two Georgians jailed accused of USD 25 million microfinance fraud

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Economy|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Sunday ordered the pre-trial detention of two Georgians who are suspected of embezzlement of more than USD 25 million from thousands of microfinance customers. The court rejected a motion to release the accused […]

Fire on Kutaisi-Batumi passenger train under investigation

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia are investigating a fire which broke out Sunday aboard a passenger train en route from Kutaisi to Batumi on the Black Sea. The blaze occurred near the village Khajalia. Although the train carriage was severely damaged, […]

Georgian journalist tells of road rage by police

By | December 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A journalist in Georgia claims police beat him and pointed a gun at him following a traffic incident. The incident happened in Borjomi, a town in the southern part of Georgia, Iberia TV reported on Monday. Journalist Giorgi Gasviani, who works for […]

The Trump Organization cancels hotel deals in Georgia, Azerbaijan

By | December 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Donald J. Trump visiting Georgia in 2012. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has decided to extricate his business from potentially conflicting relationships before he moves into the White House by revoking a licensing deal for a hotel in Georgia and its neighbour country Azerbaijan, […]

Opposition in Abkhazia ends protest, deal struck with de facto authorities

By | December 17th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) Raul Khajimba, the de facto president. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A more than 14 hour long protest ended on Friday with negotiations between opposition leaders and the embattled de facto leader of the Georgia’s breakaway region Abkhazia. On December 15, hundreds of people converged on the government building in Sokhumi, […]

Snow and ice causing flight delays at Kutaisi airport

By | December 17th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

(Photo published by Kutaisi International Airport.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Several flights were delayed at Kutaisi International Airport on Saturday due to ice. The airport informed that the flight to Thessaloniki, Greece was cancelled, while also  flights to Warsaw, Poland and Budapest, Hungary were delayed for one day. […]

Restrictions on some mountain roads due to snow and ice

By | December 16th, 2016|Categories: Roads update|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–There are still road restrictions many places in Georgia due to the weather. Here is the latest update from the Road Department. Trailers and semi-trailers are prohibited from driving on the Mleta-Kobi section of the S-3 road from Mtskheta to Larsi, […]

Healthcare and infrastructure top priorities in Georgia’s 2017 budget

By | December 16th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Following fierce debate between opposition and ruling Georgian Dream members, Georgia’s legislative body on Wednesday approved the 2017 state budget by 102 votes in favor and 10 against. The upcoming state budget envisages GEL 9.489 billion […]

18th and 19th Century books stolen from Georgia’s National Library

By | December 16th, 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia arrested a man on Wednesday for stealing two historical books from the National Library the day before. The books the 64-year-old is accused of stealing date back to the 18th and 19th Century, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) wrote in a statement. […]

Georgian opera singer Paata Burchuladze ends stint as politician

By | December 15th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Paata Burchuladze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Paata Burchuladze, a Georgian opera singer who formed a political coalition which participated in the October 8 election, announced his departure from politics on Wednesday. Local media outlets wrote that the new leader of the party will be historian Nika Machutadze. […]

Georgia’s former ruling party fires senior functionaries

By | December 15th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

Giorgi Oniani. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The infighting in the United National Movement (UNM) continued on Wednesday as 20 members from the main opposition party’s central administration were dismissed. The dismissal impacted mostly those who side with Saakashvili loyalist Chiora Taktakishvili, […]

President boycotts constitutional commission, calls for public hearing

By | December 14th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili may refrain from participating in the work of the state constitutional commission and instead start ‘actively lobbying’ for launching a public discussion regarding constitutional amendments, […]

Georgian-born militant dies in Syrian war

By | December 14th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

Muslim Kushtanashvili and Ramzan Baghakashvili. TBILISI, DFWatch–There were reports on Tuesday that 20-year-old Ramzan Baghakashvili from Pankisi Gorge in the northeast of Georgia has died in Syria. Baghakashvili, who was from a village Dumastura, left Georgia for Syria two years ago with another teenager. […]

What’s behind a one-man protest outside the government office?

By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–For two days, Nika Cherkezishvili has spent the night outside the government office in Tbilisi, refusing to leave until he gets a meeting with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. What caused Cherkezishvili begin a one-man protest is that he claims […]

Locals rescue two youth from the snow after avalanche

By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: Environment|Tags: |

The two youth were caught by an avalanche in the village Bodzauri. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two young people were pulled out of the snow alive Monday evening after being caught by an avalanche in a mountainous part of Georgia’s Adjara region. Locals helped the two survive the ordeal. They did not have life-threatening injuries but were taken to hospital. […]

Young camerawoman found dead in her apartment

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A 27-year-old camerawoman working for Georgia’s Public Broadcaster was discovered dead in her apartment in Kutaisi Sunday night. Sopho Bobokidze’s death was first reported by her friends in social media. A health problem is the likely cause […]

Protest for drug liberalization leads to detentions in Tbilisi

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: Youth|Tags: |

(Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A protest against Georgia’s strict drug policy led to clashes with police and two people being detained in Tbilisi on Saturday.  Protesters gathered in front of the parliament building on Rustaveli Ave in Tbilisi to demand a softer drug policy. […]

Woman shot and killed by ex-husband

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A woman died in Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region on Friday after being shot in the head by her ex-husband. The incident happened as the man visited the victim’s house, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) said on Saturday. During an argument […]

Georgian man gets in trouble with Svanetians for posting naked selfie

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Social media in Georgia have lit up with debate about a young man’s naked self-portrait in the highland region Svaneti. Was it an insult to local traditions? The debate was sparked by a video posted on Facebook which shows the man apologizing […]

Georgian PM appoints veteran diplomat as foreign affairs adviser

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has appointed veteran diplomat and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in Georgia’s Parliament Tedo Japaridze as foreign affairs advisor. Japaridze served as foreign minister in 2003 to 2004, […]

EU states remove last obstacle to visa waiver scheme for Georgia, Ukraine

By | December 10th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The European Union on Thursday finally agreed on a visa waiver suspension mechanism, the last obstacle to the long-awaited visa free travel scheme to go into effect for Georgian and Ukrainian nationals. On December 7, the EU’s three governing bodies, the European Council, […]

Mountain roads in Georgia closed for trailers because of snow

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Roads update|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–There are road restrictions all over Georgia due to bad weather, the Roads Department warned Thursday. Trailers and semi-trailers are prohibited from driving between the 1km and 50km mark on the S-8 Khashuri-Akhaltsikhe-Vale road, […]

Georgian man sentenced to ten years in jail for murdering US tourist

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: , |

The trial was held in Telavi district court. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The district court in Telavi, in Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region, on Thursday sentenced a man to 10 years in jail for murdering a US citizen last August. The court determined that on August 12, 2016, Mikheil Chincharashvili met the US tourist […]

Convention to combat violence against women still not ratified after two years

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–In 2014, Georgia signed an international convention to end violence against women and impunity of perpetrators, but two years later the country has still not ratified it. After Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani had signed the Istanbul Convention on […]

Under-staffing indicated as cause of miner’s death in Chiatura

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A 53-year-old man died in an accident in a manganese mine in Chiatura on Saturday. Paata Ghavtadze died from injuries while leaning out of the locomotive he was driving in the poorly-lit Itkhvisi mine in the mining town in the Imereti region in central Georgia. […]

Compromise it took two years to plan failed to solve mosque dispute

By | December 5th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , |

(Tariel Nakaidze.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Muslims in Mokhe in southern Georgia do not accept a compromise suggested by a government commission and continue to pray on the ruins of a mosque in the village. Local Muslims and Orthodox Christians have disagreed for two years […]

One dead, eight injured as truck slams into minibus

By | December 4th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(SKNews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–One person died and eight were injured Saturday in an accident in the south of Georgia. The accident happened on the Tbilisi-Akhaltsikhe highway near Atskuri at about 13:00. The local newspaper reported that a truck crashed with a minibus […]

19.3 percent more tourists so far in 2016

By | December 3rd, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Georgian Tourism Administration photo.) Almost 5.9 million international visitors arrived in Georgia during 2016, which is 7.9 percent more than in the same period last year, the head of Georgian National Tourism Administration said on Friday. Out of these tourists (who stayed in the country during 24 hours and longer) […]

UNESCO recognizes Georgian alphabet as part of humanity’s shared heritage

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian alphabet has been recognized by UNESCO as part of humanity’s cultural heritage. The decision to include three variations of the Georgian alphabet in the United Nations agency’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage […]

Martin Schulz optimistic about visa liberalization for Georgia

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz on Wednesday. Schulz is leaving EU politics when his term expires in January in order to focus on the federal elections in Germany next year, […]

UNM barely avoids splitting in two after talk of ditching Saakashvili

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

The rebel faction wants UNM’s 2013 presidential candidate Davit Bakradze as new leader. (Channel 1.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The faction supporting Mikheil Saakashvili narrowly won a debate at a National Movement party conference on Wednesday. A  resolution was passed to hold a party convention in the format favored by the country’s former president. […]

Government deal to soften impact of currency drop on mortgage lenders

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: Economy|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian government offers a temporary aid package to people who have their mortgage loans in US dollars, to ease the disastrous consequences of the lari’s continued race to record low depths. The decision was made at a […]

Georgian government to raise excise tax due to tanking lari

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Amid growing discontent with the economic situation in the country, and a national currency which plunges to new depths every day, the government announces a hike in excise the tax rate for fuel, tobacco, imported autos and gambling. “As you know, […]

13 women killed in family violence so far in 2016

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–New grim figures from Georgia’s ombudsman show that 13 women have been killed in family violence during the first ten months of 2016. In some cases, the police were alerted in advance, but did not intervene. Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili spoke Friday about […]

Founder of failed UNM splinter party leaves politics to start lobbying firm

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

(Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A former lawmaker with background from the National Movement announced on Monday that he is leaving politics, after founding and campaigning for the splinter party Girchi. Pavle Kublashvili, a former head of the justice committee in parliament, […]

Fake TSU diplomas may be in circulation after forgery ring busted

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: Education|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A forgery ring sold diplomas that looked like they were issued by the country’s most prestigious educational institution, Tbilisi State University. Investigators are now trying to hunt down the fake documents. […]

Georgian parliament approves new government

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian parliament Saturday passed a vote of confidence in a new cabinet government formed after Georgian Dream won a landslide in the October 8 election. 110 MPs voted for and 19 against a cabinet, which had only three personnel changes […]

Another transgender woman attacked in Tbilisi

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A transgender woman was attacked in Tbilisi on November 25. The attack happened late at night on Tamar Mepe Avenue. The target of the attack, Nata, had her nose broken and suffered other facial injuries. She left the hospital on Saturday. […]

TSU students begin new sit-in, demand election cancelled

By | November 27th, 2016|Categories: Youth|Tags: , , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Student at Tbilisi’s largest university began another round of protest this week, breaking into building number 6 of TSU and refusing to leave until there are reforms of the education system. Using the same name as the ad hoc group during a wave of protests […]

Britain’s Sir Alan Duncan visited Georgia

By | November 27th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Dir Alan Duncan (left) and Dimitri Kumsishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Sir Alan Duncan, United Kingdom’s Minister for Europe and the Americas, visited Georgia this week to take part in bilateral talks about reforms and security. The Waldrop dialogue is an annual conference between representatives of the two countries’ […]

Georgian lari hits all-time low

By | November 27th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian lari on Friday hit an all-time low at 2.5026 against the US dollar. The previous record was in January this year, when it was valued at 2.49 laris per USD. Georgia’s National Bank has sold USD 180 million of its reserves since August, but has not […]

Women in Tbilisi say: We won’t give away the night

By | November 26th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Women carried dresses and skirts as flags through central Tbilisi on Friday to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The march was organized by Movement of Women and began from Pushkin Square in the center toward the police station. […]

Video: Brawl erupts between Georgian politicians’ debating live on TV

By | November 25th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

Tbilisi, DFWatch – A fistfight broke out between two guests during live political talk show between supporter of the United National Movement and a retired colonel, turned a conservative political analyst. […]

Georgian interior minister lists achievements ahead of confidence vote

By | November 25th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Acting Interior Minister Giorgi Mghebrishvili showed up at several committee hearings on Wednesday as parliamentarians were preparing for a vote of confidence in the new cabinet. Listing his ministry’s achievements, Mghebrishvili said police in Georgia […]

Georgian prosecutor plans to reopen case against former president’s son

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Pirveli.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Prosecutor General’s Office in Georgia is planning to take a fresh look at a high profile trial against the son of deceased former President Zviad Gamsakhurdia. “Prior to this decision, a comprehensive and objective investigation had been repeatedly […]

Two arrested after dismembered body found in Tbilisi basement

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Two persons have been arrested i Georgia accused of involvement in a macabre murder. One of the suspects is accused of killing the victim in an alcohol fuelled rage. The murder took place in late October, according to investigators. A neighbor complained […]

Transgender Zizi dies in hospital after brutal attack

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

The scene of the crime. ( TBILISI, DFWatch–A transgender woman who was attacked and severely injured on October 14 died at the hospital Tuesday night. The lawyer for the Women’ Initiative Supportive Group informed journalists that Zizi (32) had passed away. The attacker cut her throat […]

General Chachibaia promoted to chief of the Georgian Army General Staff

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: Security|Tags: |

Vladimer Chachibaia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Tuesday appointed General Vladimer Chachibaia as new chief of the General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces (GAF). 45-year-old Chachibaia, who served as chief of the Joint Staff of the armed forces […]

Two flights cancelled at Tbilisi airport due to pilot strike in Lufthansa

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi international airport reported two flights are postponed on Wednesday because of the pilot strike in Lufthansa. The two affected flights were to have been carried out early Thursday morning, Tbilisi-Munich at 4.05am and Munich-Tbilisi at 5.00am. […]

Putin ratifies agreement to join military forces with breakaway Abkhazia

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Kremlin.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Russian President Vladimir Putin has ratified an agreement to join the military forces of Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia, with the Russian armed forces. The combined forces agreement signed on November 21, 2015 establishes a joint […]

FGM will be ended ‘very soon’ in Georgia, says acting justice minister

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Thea Tsulukiani. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A government spokesperson says she had never imagined that female genital mutilation is being practiced in Georgia, and that the practice will be ended very soon. Three villages in the eastern Kakheti region are maintaining the practice which […]

Georgia’s Prime Minister reveals new cabinet: Who’s in and who’s out?

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s acting head of government Giorgi Kvirikashvili on Tuesday unveiled his new cabinet, with only minor personnel changes from the last one. One notable change is the promotion of Dimitri Kumsishvili from Economy Minister to the more important […]

McCain visits Georgia in January

By | November 21st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Tbilisi, DFWatch – Before the America’s president-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of the office, a leading Republican Senator,   Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, and his fellow party member Lindsey Olin Graham will lead a congressional delegation to Ukraine, Georgia and Estonia January to push back against Trump on Russia policy. […]

Georgia wins Junior Eurovision Song Contest

By | November 21st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Mariam Mamadashvili. (Palitra TV.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia has won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the third time. At the final, which was held in Malta, Mariam Mamadashvili won with a performance of the song ‘Mzeo’ which garnered 239 points. […]

Georgia’s patriarch pledges to mend ties to Russia

By | November 21st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Patriarch Ilia II (left) and Patriarch Kirill meeting in Moscow in July, 2013. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Patriarch Ilia II joined other Eastern Orthodox leaders in Moscow on Sunday to attend the 70-year anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church. According to the Patriarchate of Georgia, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II was invited by the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow […]

Transgender Day of Remembrance observed in two cities in Georgia

By | November 21st, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The International Transgender Day of Remembrance was observed in two cities in Georgia on Sunday. In Kutaisi and Tbilisi, small gatherings commemorated transgender people who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. […]

Georgian parliamentarians appointed faction leaders

By | November 20th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The newly elected parliament mits first session on Friday, and one of its first decisions was to register five factions and the majority and minority. The Georgian Dream majority consists of 116 MPs. 115 are members of Georgian Dream, which received […]

Government takes caretaker role as parliament begins selecting new cabinet

By | November 20th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian parliament approved the composition of the new parliament on Friday, and the government now has a caretaker role until lawmakers has approved a new government. MPs voted to recognize the authority of the ninth parliamentary assembly. […]

Ivanishvili sells de Kooning painting at Christie’s for USD 66 mill

By | November 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A large, colorful abstract Willem de Kooning painting from one of the artist’s most productive periods was Tuesday sold at Christie’s post-war and contemporary auction in New York. The price: USD 66.3 million. The Dutch-American artist’s ‘Untitled XXV’ from 1977 […]

UNM member refuses to serve in Adjara’s supreme council

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Levan Varshalomidze apologized to voters for not being able to protect their votes. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A politician for the UNM party in Adjara has refused to serve in the region’s supreme council, echoing a recent decision by Sandra Roelofs, the former first lady, to not take her seat in parliament. Levan Varshalomidze, former chairman of the Adjara government, […]

Margvelashvili vows to protect presidential powers in the face of GD-dominated parliament

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Tbilisi, DFWatch – President Giorgi Margvelashvili said that he wouldn’t tolerate acts directed against state institutions in his welcoming speech on Friday at the opening session of the newly elected parliament. […]

Israel prepares to turn away asylum seekers from Georgia and Ukraine

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Israel might begin rejecting asylum requests from citizens of Georgia and Ukraine, Tel Aviv-based newspaper Haaretz reports. The past two years have seen a surge in asylum requests by Ukrainians and Georgians, as citizens of these countries […]

Defense officials accused of mixing politics and service vow to clear their name

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Sergo Ninua (left) and George Tsabadze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two high officials in Georgia’s Defense Ministry temporarily suspended themselves from their duties on Wednesday, after being accused of abuse of power during the Saakashvili presidency. Sergo Ninua and George Tsabadze, both lieutenant-colonels […]

Georgian opposition party threatens to plant marijuana on New Year’s Eve

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Zurab Japaridze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A political party in the former Soviet republic Georgia has launched an unusual campaign to legalize marijuana: If the parliament doesn’t decriminalize the weed by the end of the year, they will plant the narcotic plant in their office on New Year’s Eve. […]

UNM nominates parliament posts while discussing successor to Saakashvili

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

Sergi Kapanadze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The National Movement has nominated Sergi Kapanadze as vice speaker of parliament from the minority. The leader of the parliamentary minority will still remain Davit Bakradze. He was speaker of parliament from 2008 to 2012. Nika Melia, who was UNM’s candidate […]

Plans revived for Trump Tower in Batumi, Georgia

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: Economy|Tags: , , |

Donald J. Trump. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Plans for a Trump Tower on Georgia’s Black Sea coast are being revived, after laying dormant for the last five years. Newly elected US President and businessman Donald Trump visited Batumi personally in 2012 and later praised Mikheil Saakashvili […]

Georgia’s Orthodox Church realizes it was wrong about EU and NATO

By | November 16th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , |

The Patriarchy. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Clergy from the Georgian Orthodox Church describe getting rid of some misconceptions about NATO and EU after a visit to Brussels last week. The unprecedented visit started November 7 with Georgian clergy meeting NATO’s envoy for South Caucasus […]

Man sentenced to 12 years for attack on opposition politician

By | November 16th, 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Court on Tuesday sentenced a man to 12 years in jail for shooting an opposition politician last February. Alexi Petriashvili, then the party secretary of the Free Democrats, was approached by two men on a cemetery in the middle […]

Georgia slightly improved in Internet Freedom ranking

By | November 16th, 2016|Categories: News|

Tbilisi, DFWatch – Internet freedom across the globe declined for a sixth constructive year and two-thirds of the world’s internet users live in countries where authorities resort to censorship. However, Georgia has improved its position and has ranked as a free country according to a report released on Tuesday by Freedom House, a US government-funded pro-democracy NGO. […]

Money transfers to Georgia up 14% in October year-on-year

By | November 16th, 2016|Categories: Economy|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The flow of money into Georgia grew by 14 percent in October, according to the latest monthly report by the National Bank. The money flow into the country was USD 102.5 million, USD 12.6 million more than in October 2015. 91.9 percent of transfers […]

Mogherini situation in Georgia ‘extremely encouraging’ to get visa waiver

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Tbilisi, DFWatch – European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini on Monday has emphasized that the situation in Georgia is ‘extremely encouraging, extremely positive’ to deliver on visa liberalization for the citizens of the country. […]

Nanny caught on camera beating ten month old baby

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A 60-year-old woman was arrested in Tbilisi on Tuesday, accused of beating a 10-month-old girl she was looking after. The accused has been working as a nanny for a family in Tbilisi for a month and half, according to a statement by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. […]

Georgian diplomat nominated as UNWTO Secretary General

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: News|

( TBILISI, DFWatch–For the first time Georgia has nominated a candidate for the position as Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the period 2018-2021. […]

Saakashvili ally Khatia Dekanoidze resigns in Ukraine

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Tbilisi, DFWatch – Ukraine’s National Police Chief Khatia Dekanoidze who was in charge of police reform in the country stepped down on Monday just in a week after resignation of her compatriot and ally, Odessa governor Mikheil Saakashvili. […]

Opposition-leaning Tabula TV temporarily suspends broadcasting

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Tbilisi, DFWatch – In an official statement released on Monday on its website, Tabula named ‘change the format of its broadcasting, as part of larger structural changes to our operating procedures’ as a ground for suspension. […]

Georgian social drama wins awards at European festivals

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Tbilisi, DFWatch – An award-wining Georgian film ‘Anna’s Life” directed by Nino Basilaia has triumphed at the prestigious film festivals in Europe this weekend. Soon after winning the Grand Prix for the […]

Georia’s trade turnover grew 22% Jan-Oct 2016

By | November 14th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s foreign trade turnover increased by 22 percent in the first ten months of 2016, but against a background of increased import and reduced export. The trade turnover amounted to USD 9,950 million, according to preliminary figures published […]

Georgian lari tanking, on course for second record low this year

By | November 14th, 2016|Categories: Economy|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian lari is on course for a new historic low, after setting a record earlier this year at 2.4921 laris per US dollar. Today it is valued at 2.4899. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili explained the new drop in the value of the lari is as a result of growing imports. […]

Saakashvili believes Ukraine’s Poroshenko won’t extradite him to Georgia

By | November 14th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Tbilisi, DFWatch – Georgia’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili, who recently resigned as Odessa governor and is set to lead an opposition party, believes that Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko won’t honour Tbilisi’s request to extradite him in the homeland, where he faces criminal charges. […]

Saakashvili forms new political party in Ukraine, demands snap election

By | November 13th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili has formed a new political party in Ukraine, demanding early elections there. The announcement comes a few weeks after his party in Georgia, the National Movement, was defeated in the parliamentary […]

Prison inspector accused of asking for bribe to get prisoner released early

By | November 12th, 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s secret police on Friday arrested a prison inspector for attempted fraud. The suspect is working at prison no 16 in Rustavi south of Tbilisi and is accused of trying to help an acquaintance get a prisoner released earlier in return for USD 7,000 bribe. […]

Germany thanks Georgian soldiers for helping repel attack on consulate

By | November 12th, 2016|Categories: Security|Tags: |

Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Germany thanked Afghan and Georgian forces on Friday for repelling an attack on a German consulate in northern Afghanistan the day before. The attack on the consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif ended as the attackers were pushed back by consulate security, […]

Gubaz Sanikidze leaves National Forum, former GD coalition partner

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Gubaz Sanikidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The change of leadership among Georgian Dream’s former coalition partners continued Friday, as Gubaz Sanikidze said he is leaving the National Forum after the election defeat last month.  Sanikidze has been one of the party’s most active […]

Russian MFA Warns Citizens of risks travelling in Georgia

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Tbilisi, DFWatch – Amid growing inflow of Russian tourists to Georgia, the Russian Foreign Ministry warns its citizens about the risks associated with such visits, referring to the Law on Occupied Territories, which may result for RF citizens facing formidable fines or even prison term. […]

Murdered transgender women remembered in Tbilisi

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

(DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Friends and activists gathered Thursday to remember the transgender woman Sabi Beriani, who was brutally murdered in Tbilisi two years ago. November 10 has become a national day of remembrance for transgender victims of violence, […]

Exiled Saakashvili losing grip on party, blasts former associates

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili, who recently resigned as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, blasts members of the National Movement for bowing to the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party. On Wednesday, in a video interview […]

Body of German missing since July found in Svaneti

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The body of a German man who has been missing since July was found Thursday in Svaneti, a mountainous region in northwest of Georgia. Sergei Smislov’s family has been looking for him for several months, believing that he was kidnapped […]

NATO starts joint military exercises in Georgia

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian army on Thursday has begun two weeks of military exercises with the NATO at the Vaziani military base, in Tbilisi eastern outskirts. The Joint Training and Evaluation Centre […]

IWPR Reveals Female Genital Mutilation Practice in Georgia

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: News|

IWPR, Aida Mirmaksumova Tbilisi, DFWatch – An Institute War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) has unveiled that a small native Caucasian ethnic group living in a remote east area of Georgia, has been performing female genital mutilation (FGM) practice during past two decades. […]

Tbilisi reacts to Trump’s victory

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Donald Trump visiting Georgia in 2012. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian leaders congratulated Donald Trump with being elected as president of the United States, while political analysts in Tbilisi tried to predict how the result will affect US-Georgian relations. Georgian Dream parliamentarian Gia Volski […]

Georgia’s President: two-party dominated parliament won’t encourage development

By | November 9th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Tbilisi, DFWatch- President Giorgi Margvelashvili has announced that he feels disappointed regarding country’s parliamentary elections, as he was expected a multi-party system in the newly elected parliament, but it turned into a bipolar. […]

US support for Georgia will be even stronger: Ambassador Kelly

By | November 9th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Ambassador Kelly at the US embassy organized breakfast to celebrate the 58th U.S. presidential election (embassy photo) Tbilisi,DFWatch – Following the tense electoral night in the United States, Ian Kelly, US Ambassador to Georgia has emphasized that no matter who wins, US will remain strong alley to Georgia.   […]

New Rights leaves Paata Burchuladze-led coalition

By | November 9th, 2016|Categories: News|

Tbilisi, DFWatch – Political party New Rights left a coalition led by operatic bass Paata Burchuladze after it suffered sound defeat in the parliamentary elections in October. Mamuka Katsitadze, lead figure at the New Rights, […]

Sandra Roelofs refuses to serve as member of Georgia’s parliament

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Sandra Roelofs. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s former first lady Sandra Roelofs has turned down her mandate to serve as a member of parliament despite being among the top ten names on the National Movement’s party list. On Monday, Roelofs asked the Central Election Commission (CEC) […]

Head of Georgian Church to attend patriarch Kirill’s 70th Jubilee in Moscow

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

Ilia II meets Kirill in Moscow Jan, 2013 ( Tbilisi, DFWatch – The head of Georgian Church  is expected to pay a visit to Moscow in November to attend a 70-year jubilee of his Russian counterpart. According to the Patriarchate of Georgia,  Catholikos-Patriarch Ilia II was invited by the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow […]

Pankisi native, reportedly ISIS member, killed in Middle East

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–One more Pankisi native has been killed in the Middle East. Reports vary about where the 24 year old Mukhad Khangoshvili was killed. According to Interpressnews, which relies on an unidentified source in Pankisi, it happened in Mosul, […]

Georgia reintroduces compulsory military service

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Ministry of Defense.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Defense Minister Levan Izoria said Monday that he is reversing a decision by his predecessor Tina Khidasheli to end compulsory military service. He made the announcement on Monday during a meeting with the media to present a report about his first 100 days on the job. […]

Georgian ex-President Saakashvili quits as governor of Odessa

By | November 7th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Saakashvili spoke of the reasons for his resignation at a press conference in Odessa. TBILISI, DFWatch–The exiled former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili announced on Monday that he is leaving as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, a position he has held since May 2015. During a press conference broadcast on his Facebook page, […]

GD presents its list of committee heads in the new parliament

By | November 7th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

Georgian Dream’s bigwigs approved Irakli Kobakhidze’s nomination as new speaker of parliament on Sunday. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–After a landslide victory in the election, Georgian Dream bigwigs gathered on Sunday to agree on key appointments for the new parliament. After the political council session was over, GD announced its list of candidates, which, not surprisingly, […]

19-year-old girl took part in ‘ritual murder’ of her own mother

By | November 6th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The teenager colluded with her boyfriend and another friend to knock her elderly mother unconscious, then they stabbed and killed her, dismembered the body, burnt it with gasoline at a garbage dump in Tbilisi and threw it in a ditch, according […]

GD considers its party secretary as new speaker of parliament

By | November 5th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

Irakli Kobakhidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–After several weeks of speculation, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili on Friday confirmed that the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party is considering its secretary Irakli Kobakhidze for the post as new speaker of parliament. It was expected that the stern […]

29-year-old man arrested for beating his 15-year-old wife

By | November 5th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A 29-year-old man was arrested a few days ago in Georgia for beating his 15-year-old wife. The young victim’s mother says her underage daughter has broken teeth, broken ribs and a broken nose after suffering systematic abuse at the hands of her husband. […]

Third suspect arrested for disrupting election in Jikhashkari

By | November 5th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , |

(Luka Pertaia/Netgazeti. TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia on Thursday arrested a third person for creating a disturbance at an election precinct near Zugdidi during the parliamentary election on October 8. Deputy Interior Minister Shalva Khutsishvili told journalists on Friday […]

Three Chinese citizens arrested in Georgia, suspected of assaulting workers

By | November 4th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia arrested three Chinese citizens on Thursday, as workers on a railway line in western Georgia claim that they were beaten by representatives of the company. In a short statement, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) said its investigators […]

Georgian lari drops again, approaching important benchmark

By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Nodar Khaduri, Minister of Finance, insists ‘this is really a temporary decline.’ TBILISI, DFWatch–The opposition in Georgia is blaming the government of impoverishing the country after the lari dropped in value again and is approaching a ‘psychological’ benchmark rate of 2.50 against the US dollar. Its official rate against USD was set as 2.4195 […]

GD plans to replace ministers in charge of the economy

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

Dimitry Kumsishvili is proposed as new finance minister. TBILISI, DFWatch–After a crushing victory in the parliamentary elections, Georgia’s ruling party this week began the work of forming a new government. Several changes have been proposed ahead of a meeting in the GD political council to take place at the end of this week. […]

Commission suggests making mosque ruins cultural heritage site

By | November 1st, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A commission tasked with settling a dispute between Christians and Muslims over the ruins of a mosque in the south of Georgia delivered its recommendations on Thursday, but it is uncertain if this will help solve the two year old conflict. […]

Georgia’s ruling party secures enough seats to amend Constitution

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The ruling party Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia won a constitutional majority in the second round of the parliamentary elections, winning all but one majoritarian district, mostly by a significant majority. In Mtatsmimda district, GD had decided […]

Many irregularities in second round of Georgia’s election for parliament

By | October 30th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: |

There were reports many places of people trying to vote with their fingers already marked. (Netgazeti.) TBILISI, DFWatch–In parts of Georgia, voters went to the polls again on Sunday in the second round of the parliamentary election. There were runoff contests in 50 single-seat districts, accounting for a third of the seats in the assembly. Voting took place against a background […]

Speaker of parliament leaves Republican Party

By | October 29th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Speaker of Parliament Davit Usupashvili on Saturday announced his resignation and departure from the Republican Party, which he was leader of from 2005 to 2013. He stated his reason as disagreement with the founders and current leadership about the party’s […]

UNM claims governor of Samtskhe-Javakheti attacked its cameraman

By | October 28th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , , , |

Nikoloz Khazidze (left) and UNM majoritarian candidate Vazha Chitashvili. (Samkhretis Karibche.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The National Movement has accused the governor of the southern Samtskhe-Javakheti region of physically assaulting one of its photographers on Thursday evening. Nikoloz Khizadze claims he was heading to the village Muskhi to document […]

63-year-old railway worker dies after being run over by train

By | October 28th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A 63-year-old man died on Thursday after being run over by a train three weeks ago in the south of Georgia. Zaur Gerliani, who worked as a fitter, had one of his legs run over by a train as he was out repairing tracks in the mining town Kazreti, near Bolnisi, […]

First road, now airport – PM promises to develop mountain region Tusheti

By | October 28th, 2016|Categories: Economy|Tags: , |

PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili visiting Tusheti in August. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two months after promising to build a new road to Tusheti, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili now suggests building an air strip in the inaccessible region in the northeast of the country. It’s an attractive tourist destination, but difficult to access. […]

168 prisoners pardoned in Georgia

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Zviad Koridze (official photo) Tbilisi, DFWatch – The Georgian president pardoned 168 prisoners, 114 of them will leave jail today, while the rest had their sentences reduced, the commission’s head, Zviad Koridze, stated at a briefing on Thursday. […]

Georgian Manganese lawyer arrested on corruption charges

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

The ferro-alloy plant in Zestaponi and other Georgian Manganese facilities are linked to the Miami, Florida based Georgian American Alloys. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A lawyer working for Georgian Manganese was arrested for corruption on Tuesday. Mirian Bichikashvili is accused of commercial bribery, the Finance Ministry said. Georgian Manganese owns mines in the small town of Chiatura as well as the ferro-alloy plant […]

Georgian Railways considering Tbilisi-Kutaisi airport train

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Economy|Tags: , , , |

Kutaisi airport. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian Railways is considering creating a new train line connecting the airports in Tbilisi and Kutaisi, with regular departures. Spokesperson Dachi Tsaguria told Kutaisi Post that Georgian Railways is currently researching whether the new […]

Free Democrats rebels vow to support GD in second round of election

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Several key figures in Irakli Alasania’s Free Democrats party have expressed support for the ruling Georgian Dream before the second round of the parliamentary elections in most majoritarian districts. “In a few days, there will be a second round. […]

Caucasus mountain road closed in north Georgia due to snow and ice

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: Roads update|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A key mountain road that connects north and south Caucasus is now closed for large vehicles because of snow and ice.  Trailers, semi-trailers and vehicles with more than 30 seats are prohibited from driving on the S-3 between Gudauri and Kobi, the Road Department […]

Two die as car plunges into river in southwest Georgia

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two men died in a car accident in a mountainous area in the southwest of Georgia on Monday. One woman survived and was taken to hospital. The accident happened in Keda, a municipality in the Adjara region. The local gamgebeli […]

Victim of shooting at Krtsanisi training ground was 23-year-old Giga Shengelia

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Roman Shengelia, father of the deceased. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The body of a man who was shot dead at a military base in Tbilisi Sunday morning has been identified as 23-year-old Giga Shengelia. Two other persons who were with Shengelia are being searched for, although their identity has not yet been established. […]

Georgian president picks former GIPA colleague as new NSC secretary

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: Security|Tags: , |

Davit Rakviashvili (left) and Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Monday named Davit Rakviashvili, an old colleague at a media and public relations school in Tbilisi, as new secretary of Georgia’s National Security Council. The friendship between the two go back 30 years, […]

One man shot dead during intrusion attempt at Tbilisi military base

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Elza Shengelia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–An attempt by a group of people to enter a military base in Tbilisi Sunday morning left one young man dead after the sentry fired shots at the intruders. The mother of the deceased reacted strongly at the implication that her son would harm anybody. […]

UNM and GD won one contest each in repeat election

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The National Movement yesterday won the repeat election in a precinct in the south of Georgia, while Georgian Dream won in the western Zugdidi area. But the UNM candidate didn’t win by more than 50% at the 48th precinct in Marneuli, […]

Saakashvili’s wife withdraws from Georgian runoff election, citing fraud

By | October 23rd, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s former first lady Sandra Roelofs is withdrawing from the runoff election for parliament in Zugdidi, after the repeat ballot in three of Zugdidi’s precincts reveals that her opponent from the Georgian Dream is leading by a significant margin. […]

Will Georgia end compulsory military service? Decision expected in Nov

By | October 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Defense Ministry.) TBILISI, DFWatch–It is still unknown if a decision by the former Georgian defense minister to end compulsory military service will become a reality. A decision may be expected in November, because Defense Minister Levan Izoria promised to ‘clarify’ the issue by next month, […]

One soldier dies as truck overturns in Georgia

By | October 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(2030.) TBILISI, DFWatch–One soldier died as a military truck overturned on a highway in Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region on Friday. The other 36 soldiers who were in the same vehicle received only lighter injures. 27 of them were first brought to a hospital in Dedoplistskaro, […]

Four precincts in Georgia vote again due to irregularities on Election Day

By | October 22nd, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: |

People are asked to vote again today at four precincts where results were cancelled because of physical attacks on October 8. (DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Repeat elections are held today at four precincts in south and west of Georgia where results were cancelled October 8 due to irregularities. The results of one precinct in Marneuli and three in Zugdidi were cancelled due to attacks on Election Day. The main […]

Handover of suspected murderer topic at EU-hosted talks about Abkhazia

By | October 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia demanded the handover of a suspected murderer during a six hour meeting with breakaway authorities in Abkhazia this week. The meeting was held in Gali, in the southern end of the region, and dealt first and foremost […]

One more construction worker dies in Tbilisi, the second in two days

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Unrelated photo.) (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–One more construction worker died in Tbilisi on Thursday; the second fatality at a construction site in two days. The accident happened as pipes were being unloaded from a truck on Khizanishvili Street in the northern Mukhiani district of the capital, […]

Georgia and Russia take further steps toward normalizing relations

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The two countries, which were at war with each other eight years ago, both expressed interest in continuing a pragmatic course in order to normalize relations, according to a statement put out by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). […]

Zaza Tavadze elected new head of Supreme Court

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Zaza Tavadze. TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Constitutional Court elected Zaza Tavadze as new head on Thursday, by five out of eight votes. He will replace Giorgi Papuashvili. The ballot was secret, but it is likely that the following judges supported Tavadze: Merab Turava, Lali Papiashvili, Teimuraz Tughushi […]

Car crash in Rustavi claims two lives

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two people died in a car accident in the Georgian town Rustavi on Wednesday. Interpressnews reports that a Mercedes travelling at high speed crashed into lighting pole on Mshenebeli Street near Public School No 2. Two men died on the spot. […]

Construction worker falls to his death in Tbilisi

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Imedi.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A worker fell from a building at a construction site in Tbilisi on Wednesday. He was brought to the Republican Hospital with multiple head injuries and placed in intensive care, but died later the same day. The Ministry of Internal Affairs […]

Man suspected of stabbing transgender woman placed in pre-trial detention

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Crime, News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The 31-year-old suspected of viciously attacking a transgender woman in Tbilisi on October 14 was Wednesday placed in pre-trial detention. The accused Giorgi Murjikneli’s lawyer asked for his client to be released on 1,000 lari bail, but the judge […]

PM Kvirikashvili: A group will be set up to amend constitution

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Tbilisi, DFWatch – Amid growing concern over imminent constitutional majority in the hands of Georgian Dream, Prime Minister airs his initiative to set up a group, which will work on amending constitution. […]

Tbilisi NGO workers urge opposition for action against imminent GD constitutional majority

By | October 18th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , , |

Irakli Kobakhidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Individual members of some of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Georgian capital Tbilisi are now calling on opposition political parties to call on their voters to support opposition candidates in the second round of the parliamentary election, fearing that the ruling Georgian Dream might secure enough seats in the new parliament to [...]

Free Democrats leader Alasania may be appointed NSC secretary

By | October 18th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Irakli Alasania. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Irakli Alasania, the former defense minister and leader of the Free Democrats who ‘temporarily left’ politics after his party failed to reach the minimum 5% in the election, may be hired by the president’s administration. According to domestic media, […]

Russian, Turkmen and Ukrainian airlines open new flights out of Tbilisi

By | October 18th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Three new airlines are opening flights out of Tbilisi from November: Turkmenistan Airlines, the Ukrainian DART Airlines and Russia’s Pobeda. Turkmenistan Airlines will fly twice weekly (Mon, Thu) to Ashgabad, starting November 2. DART Airlines begins flights […]

Georgia to hold second round of parliamentary election Oct 30

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , |

(DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The date for the second round of Georgia’s parliamentary election has been set to October 30. 50 election districts will vote for single seat candidates for parliament, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced. Candidates for the ruling GD […]

Suspect arrested for blowing up MP’s car days before election

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: , |

The police confiscated explosives and weapons in the apartment of one of the suspects. ( TBILISI, DFWatch–A man was arrested Monday in Georgia, accused of involvement in the blowing up of MP Givi Targamadze’s car just days before the parliamentary election. The man, born in 1976, was arrested as part of the investigation into the explosion […]

Escaped burglar arrested in Tbilisi with jewelry from new heist

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: , |

( TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian robber who escaped from a court building in August by feigning illness was caught on Sunday with jewelry from a recent heist. Otar Varamashvili escaped from Rustavi City Court on August 31 by claiming he was ill and running away during […]

31-year-old arrested for attack on transgender woman

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Reacting to the recent attack, dozens of people protested outside the MIA building Sunday evening, to say no to violence against transgender people. (DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia arrested a man on Sunday who is suspected of having attacked a transgender woman two days before. The suspect is accused of attempted murder. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), the 31-year-old was on probation […]

Transgender woman hospitalized after vicious attack in Tbilisi

By | October 16th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

( TBILISI, DFWatch–A 32-year-old transgender woman was Friday evening severely beaten in Ortachala, a district in the south of Tbilisi. According to Imedi TV, there were two assailants. Her throat was slit. She remains in the emergency ward in a serious condition, […]

Six alleged election day troublemakers placed in pre-trial detention

By | October 15th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Six people who were arrested for participating in the attack  on an election precinct October 8 were placed in pre-trial detention by Rustavi City Court on Friday. A crowd threw stones at and smashed windows at the 48th election precinct ithe a village Kizilajo. […]

Muslims conduct prayer on ruins of mosque in Mokhe

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , |

(Samkhretis Karibche.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Muslims in the village Mokhe in the south of Georgia on Thursday conducted a prayer on the ruins of a mosque which the local government in 2014 declared that it wanted to turn into a culture house. The plans by local Orthodox Christians to appropriate […]

Six arrested for the mass unrest in Marneuli on election day

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , |

(Imedi.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia arrested six people on Thursday who are accused of attacking an election precinct in Marneuli in the south of Georgia on election day October 8. The six are arrested for interrupting the work of the local election commission […]

Georgian developers plan Sheraton and Radisson in Gudauri

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: Economy|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s winter resort Gudauri had 127% growth in visitors since last year. Now developers plan a Radisson and a Sheraton hotel there. Malkhaz Kunelauri from the real estate company RED-CO told journalists that the first phase of the planned new hotels […]

Police in Georgia arrest a person for causing havoc in election precinct

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , |

(Luka Pertaia/Netgazeti.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Police arrested one person regarding an attack on an election precinct during the election Saturday in Zugdidi, in northwest Georgia. The target of the attack was the 79th precinct, in the village Jikhashkari. Kako Tibua said through his lawyer that he was unlawfully arrested and has started a hunger […]

National Movement decides to not boycott parliament

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

Davit Bakradze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–After considering a boycott of parliament, the National Movement on Tuesday turned back from the drastic measure and decided to participate in the second round of the election and take their seats in parliament. Some party members wanted […]

UNM political council convenes Tuesday to set out post-election path

By | October 11th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Davit Bakradze at a UNM rally in Tbilisi Oct. 5, 2016. (DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The National Movement plans to convene the party’s political council Tuesday evening to discuss further plans after dismissing the results of the parliamentary election. Some proposed to boycott the second round of the majoritorian elections […]

Mine worker in Tkibuli found dead from apparent suffocation

By | October 11th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Workers in one of the mines in Tkibuli in western Georgia found a co-worker dead on Friday, apparently from gas poisoning. The accident happened in the Mindeli mine. Workers found the body in the morning as they arrived at work. It looks like 51-year-old Temur Kakauridze […]

National Movement debates whether to boycott parliament

By | October 11th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A discussion is going on within the National Movement about boycotting parliament, with the one side wanting to start with not participating in the second round of the parliamentary election. Former President Mikheil Saakashvili got involved from […]

Buoyed by election result, GD begins pushing for constitutional amendments

By | October 11th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Irakli Kobakhidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Already before the official election results have been announced, the ruling Georgian Dream party is talking about making two constitutional amendments. Another round of single-seat districts has still not been held, and no-one knows how many members […]

Free Democrats leader leaves politics after failing to get into parliament

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Georgian defense minister Irakli Alasania said Monday that he is quitting politics ‘temporarily’ after his party failed to surpass the 5% threshold in the parliamentary elections. Alasania’s statement came after the Central Election Commission (CEC) […]

Confusion over election math: Will Georgia’s third party get into parliament?

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–There is confusion over how to interpret the results of Saturday’s election in Georgia. A CEC spokesperson said Monday that the third party Alliance of Patriots is still below the threshold, but even so, the commission will discuss if it may still be qualified with 4.998%. […]

51 election districts will hold second round of parliamentary election

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , , |

(DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–51 election districts in Georgia will likely hold a second round of parliamentary election; 18 of them will be in the capital Tbilisi. After 99.92% of votes have been counted, the governing Georgian Dream party has 48.6% in the proportionate system. […]

Third party Patriot Alliance is 244 votes from getting into parliament

By | October 9th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , , |

Davit Tarkhan-Mouravi of the Patriot Alliance. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Alliance of Patriots is out of parliament, after it seemed for a few hours it had succeeded in surpassing the minimum threshold. At 3pm, the Alliance was at exactly 5 percent, and seemed qualified to get representatives into the new national assembly as the third party, […]

National Movement rallies outside CEC, will challenge election result

By | October 9th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: |

Giga Bokeria addressing the crowd of UNM supporters outside the CEC building last night. (DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former first lady Sandra Roelofs, who is running for parliament representing her husband’s party in western Georgia, has disputed the preliminary results which show that she did not win an outright victory. After 82 percent of votes had been […]

Preliminary results: Patriot Alliance gets into parliament with 17 votes margin

By | October 9th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , |

Irma Inashvili, one of the leaders of Patriot Alliance. TBILISI, DFWatch–Three parties are predicted to surpass the 5% percent threshold and make it into parliament, after 82.55% percent of votes have been counted, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said. As the results currently stand, Georgian Dream looks to get 49.26 percent, […]

Exit polls: GD has won the election, UNM came second

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian Dream is predicted as winner of the parliamentary election, based on the preliminary results of two exit polls. In the exit poll by GfK, Georgian Dream will get 39.9 percent, and United National Movement is second with 32.74 percent. […]

Georgia deploys special police to voting precinct to put down unrest

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , |

Special police entered the voting precinct in Marneuli where the conflict took place. TBILISI, DFWatch–A crowd armed with batons and stones attacked a precinct in Marneuli, a town in south Georgia, allegedly stealing a box of ballot papers. The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) said police were dispatched to Marneuli’s 48th precinct […]

Saakashvili won’t leave Ukraine, regardless of election outcome

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili says he doesn’t plan to leave Ukraine, where he serves as governor of the Odessa region, no matter what the results of today’s parliament election is. “I won’t abandon my huge plans to help Ukraine,” […]

Voter turnout 20% by noon in uncertain Georgian election

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–All election precincts in Georgia opened at 08:00 in the morning, according to Central Election Commission (CEC), and the election is proceeding peacefully. Voter turnout was 19.81 % by 12:00, according to the CEC. Most government officials […]