Davit Narmania

Popular TV host to represent opposition UNM in Tbilisi mayoral race

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , |

Zaal Udumashvili launched his bid for the mayor post on Monday. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s main opposition party is hoping that a popular news anchor will bring it back to power in the politically important position of Tbilisi mayor. The nomination of Zaal Udumashvili, host of the main news program on Georgia’s largest TV channel Rustavi 2, […]

TV news anchor may join race for new Tbilisi mayor

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , |

Zaal Udumashvili speaking at a demonstration in Tbilisi in February, 2017. (Rustavi 2.) Independent candidate Aleksandre Elisashvili may also have a chance. (DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A news anchor on Georgia’s biggest private television channel has confirmed that he may run for mayor of Tbilisi as a candidate for the biggest opposition party UNM. The entry of Zaal Udumashvili, host of the evening news on Rustavi 2, […]

Opposition candidates vying to unseat unpopular Tbilisi mayor

By | May 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Elene Khoshtaria was nominated by European Georgia as candidate for Tbilisi mayor. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s second largest opposition party named a woman as its candidate for Tbilisi Mayor on Saturday. The European Dream party congress nominated Elene Khoshtaria (37) as mayoral candidate as political parties are gearing up for the local elections. […]

One of Tbilisi’s oldest streets reopens after facelift

By | September 26th, 2016|Categories: Society|Tags: , , |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The pedestrian zone of Aghmashenebeli Avenue in Tbilisi opened on Sunday after several months of renovation work. The facelift of one of the oldest streets in the Georgian capital was financed by the local government and Tbilisi Development Foundation. Tbilisi City Hall decided to refurbish […]

Green activists keep up pressure on City Hall for tree-cutting scandal

By | September 3rd, 2016|Categories: Environment|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The eco-activists of Guerilla Gardening rallied in front of Tbilisi City Hall again on Friday, demanding the dismissal of the two bureaucrats in charge of tree cutting in the capital. They demand the dismissal of the head and the deputy of City Hall’s […]

Tbilisi mayor’s speech interrupted by protesters against tree-felling

By | August 26th, 2016|Categories: Environment|Tags: , |

Tsotne Gamsakhurdia. (Pirveli.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Tbilisi mayor defended his conduct in the tree-felling scandal at an extraordinary City Council meeting Friday but had to halt his speech because of interruption by protesters. Environmentalists claim Mayor Davit Narmania […]

Environmentalists call Tbilisi mayor ‘enemy of the city’, interrupt speech

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Environment|Tags: , , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Environmental activists interrupted a speech by Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania on Tuesday during a session of the City Council, accusing him of being an ‘enemy of the city’. The activists protested the recent selling off of a part of the city’s botanical garden, […]

Tbilisi waste collectors resume strike

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

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Part of the waste collectors in the capital resumed their strike on Monday, demanding a full payment of their holiday bonus. The workers went on a strike last week, demanding increase of the pay and receiving the so-called 13th salary. Their demands remain the same. […]

City Hall employee denies corruption charges

By | February 13th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

Mayor Davit Narmania denied that he is an old friend of the accused, Jokia Bodokia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The head of City Hall’s supervision service pleaded not guilty in the case of taking a bribe in return for facilitating the construction of a new hotel. Jokia Bodokia was detained on Wednesday. His lawyer, Giorgi Kavlashvili, told journalists that his client […]

Tbilisi mayor says former government squandered city’s money

By | September 16th, 2014|Categories: News, Politics|Tags: , |

Mayor of Tbilisi Davit Narmania. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Tbilisi mayor says the city must tighten its belt, because the National Movement, which ruled the city for a decade, left ‘the worst budget ever’. Newly elected Mayor Davit Narmania from the Georgian Dream Coalition said on Tuesday that […]

Scuffle outside Tbilisi City Hall as people queue to meet mayor

By | August 12th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–There was a quarrel outside Tbilisi City Hall on Monday between people who wanted to meet the mayor and tell him about their problems. Newly elected Mayor Davit Narmania decided to set aside one day to meet with citizens. Hundreds of people turned […]

Candidates for Tbilisi mayor face off in TV debate

By | July 9th, 2014|Categories: News, Youth|Tags: , |

Davit Narmania, Georgian Dream candidate for Tbilisi mayor. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The candidates for Tbilisi mayor are facing off in a televised debate now at 8 PM local time. Davit Narmania from the government coalition has as his main election promise to build a youth center in Tbilisi, while his competitor Nikanor Melia […]

Mayor candidates promising Tbilisians better times

By | July 4th, 2014|Categories: Elections, News|Tags: , |

Georgian Dream candidate for Tbilisi mayor, Davit Narmania. (Photo published by Georgian Dream.) TBILISI, DFWatch–One week before the run-off election for Tbilisi mayor, candidates are showering the electorate with promises, though the major issue in the campaign, whether to have direct debates between candidates, is still undecided. The government […]

Celebratory mood after Georgia’s local election

By | June 16th, 2014|Categories: Elections, News|Tags: , |

Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili (left) and candidate for Tbilisi mayor Davit Narmania, celebrated Sunday night. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Both the ruling Georgian Dream coalition and the National Movement celebrated the results of exit polls from Sunday’s local election. Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili congratulated candidate for Tbilisi mayor Davit Narmania on his victory, […]

Exit poll: second round may be needed in Tbilisi

By | June 15th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

One of the exit polls shows that there will be second round of the election for Tbilisi mayor, but another exit poll gives Georgian Dream a direct win. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–An exit poll conducted by Rustavi 2 indicates that a second round might be necessary in Tbilisi. If the exit poll is correct, the candidate for the ruling Georgian Dream coalition will get 46.3 percent of votes, UNM candidate gets 27 percent of […]

48% of Georgians will vote for the ruling coalition

By | May 9th, 2014|Categories: Elections, News|Tags: , , |

Davit Narmania from Georgian Dream can be reasonably confident he will become Tbilisi mayor. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–48 percent of Georgians would vote for the Georgian Dream coalition if there were local elections tomorrow, a new polls shows. This the second part of a wider survey published by National Democratic Institute (NDI) on Thursday, contains the party […]

Georgia gets new region and infrastructure minister

By | April 14th, 2014|Categories: News, Politics|Tags: , , |

From left to right: Davit Narmania, Irakli Gharibashvili and Elhuja Khokrishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Elguja Khokrishvili was Monday appointed as Georgia’s new minister for regional development and infrastructure. He will take over from Davit Narmania, who is stepping down in order to run for Tbilisi mayor in the local elections on June 15. Announcing […]

Poll shows Georgian Dream winning Tbilisi mayoral race

By | April 2nd, 2014|Categories: News, Politics|Tags: , , , |

Georgian Dream’s candidate for Tbilisi mayor, Davit Narmania, who currently is Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–In a new poll, 52 percent of Tbilisians say they would vote for the Georgian Dream candidate for mayor if the local elections were held tomorrow. Four percent say they won’t vote for anyone, and 18 percent haven’t decided yet. Another source […]

Mayoral race in Tbilisi starts with bickering

By | November 27th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Encumbent Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A dispute has developed between the current Tbilisi mayor and the likely new mayor. The dispute has to do with infrastructure projects in Tbilisi which the encumbent mayor claims the candidate for new mayor, who is now infrastructure minister, has […]

Davit Narmania named candidate for Tbilisi mayor

By | November 23rd, 2013|Categories: News, Politics|Tags: |

Davit Narmania. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian Dream coalition has chosen Davit Narmania, Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development, as its candidate for mayor of Tbilisi. Narmania is thought to be one of the best ministers in the new government. The decision was made by […]

Local government reform to involve people more

By | February 26th, 2013|Categories: Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: , |

Davit Narmania, Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development. (Official photo.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The goal of a new reform of local government is to involve locals in solving their own problems, like bad roads and failing water supply. The Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure on Monday laid out its new decentralization plan and […]

Ivanishvili introduces regional democracy

By | February 22nd, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Ivanishvili government plans to do away with the governors in Georgia after the local election in 2014 and replace them with elected councils, Davit Narmania, Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development says. A governor is a trustee […]

Reflections on Georgia’s 2013 draft budget

By | October 11th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

Georgian government October two presented draft for state budget adjusted to the interest of the United National Movement to the Georgian parliament. But now election winner Georgian Dream awaits the draft in parliament. This force’s election promises is radically different […]

Analysis of 2012 State Budget and Elections

By | February 21st, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

Georgia’s 2012 budget is significantly different from the 2011 budget due to it being an election year. The expenditure part of the budget is particularly interesting. There are several expenditures which directly or indirectly aim to increase voters’ content, and this will […]

Election-year budget or election budget?

By | November 20th, 2011|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

An election year budget is seen by economists is significantly different from a non-election year budget. In this regard, the budget expenditure is very interesting, which represents the government expenditure policy in the forms of various activities. In the budget expenditure part we see expenses, which can be directly or non-directly considered as to increase the [...]