Georgia’s presidential election 2013/14

Georgian candidates confront each other in two TV debates

By | October 19th, 2013|Categories: Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: , , |

National Movement candidate for president, Davit Bakradze. (Channel 1.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Public Broadcaster October 17 and 18 hosted two TV debates between presidential candidates. Only qualified subjects participated in the debates, those who were presented by the political parties, which receive state funding. There are […]

Ivanishvili confident ahead of presidential election

By | October 17th, 2013|Categories: News, Politics|Tags: |

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili appeared full of confidence while meeting newspaper editors Thursday, vowing that his coalition, Georgian Dream, is going to win the presidential election. Ivanishvili said he is sure that there won’t be a need […]

23 candidates in Georgia’s presidential election

By | September 25th, 2013|Categories: Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–23 people have registered as candidates in the upcoming presidential election in Georgia, according to the Central Election Commission. There were 54 applications, out of which 31 were rejected due to various reasons. 42 of the applications came from […]

54 through first hurdle ahead of presidential election in Georgia

By | September 8th, 2013|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–54 persons are through the first hurdle in the upcoming presidential election in Georgia as the deadline to register as a candidate expired on Friday. Among applicants are Giorgi Margvelashvili, the Georgian Dream coalition’s candidate, and Davit Bakradze, […]

Government in Georgia overhauling election regulations

By | July 23rd, 2013|Categories: Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Less than three months before the presidential election, the Georgian Dream coalition is working on improving the election legislation, and has introduced five sets of amendments. According to the draft of the amendments, voters who were taken off […]

Ivanishvili government tries to clean up campaigning rules

By | July 18th, 2013|Categories: Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: , |

Zakaria Kutsnashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A new amendment to the election code will require top officials to resign two days after they are registered as candidates in the presidential election. The new regulations will apply to the prime minister, ministers of autonomous republics […]

Saakashvili changes date of election

By | July 4th, 2013|Categories: Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: |

Current President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has changed the date of the upcoming presidential election from October 31 to October 27. He announced date of the election July 2, but the date caused concern among experts and non-governmental organizations, […]

Georgians are questioning the date of the election

By | July 2nd, 2013|Categories: Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–In Georgia, a discussion has begun about the date of the presidential election. Yesterday, President Mikheil Saakashvili set the date to October 31, which will be a Thursday. But groups claim a presidential election must be held in a weekend. […]

Georgia’s presidential election to be held October 31

By | July 2nd, 2013|Categories: Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: |

October 31, Georgians will select a successor to current president Mikheil Saakashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian president has decided to set October 31, 2013, as the date of the presidential election. A few hours before this became known, October 27 was named as Election Day, but the head of the president’s administration held a briefing to say […]

Ivanishvili impatient to set date for presidential election

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

Giorgi Margvelashvili speaking as Georgian Dream’s candidate for president. (Official photo.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishivli calls on President Mikheil Saakashvili to set a date for the presidential election. Representatives of the president’s administration told DF Watch that the president’s opinion about this issue is still unknown. […]

Ivanishvili picks Margvelashvili as candidate for president

By | May 11th, 2013|Categories: Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: , |

Giorgi Margvelashvili looks likely to become Georgia’s next president, if the latest poll is correct. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian Dream coalition has chosen Minister of Education Giorgi Margvelashvili as its candidate for president in the upcoming election. “Giorgi Margvelashvili has all good skills to be a president,” Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said at […]

Georgia’s next president is being selected

By | May 10th, 2013|Categories: Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: |

Defense Minister Irakli Alasania says he knows ‘almost for certain’ who the Georgian Dream coalition will pick for presidential candidate. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Members of the two main political blocs in Georgia are discussing who might be their candidate for the presidential election in October, 2013. Both plan to hold a ballot to select their candidate. In a recent survey conducted by the National […]

Ivanishvili intensifies search for presidential candidate

By | May 7th, 2013|Categories: Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: |

Bidzina Ivanishvili’s coalition is searching for a candidate for president. Defense Minister Irakli Alasania (left) has been mentioned as a strong contender. (Official photo.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian Dream coalition will name its candidate for president next week. At the end of the week, the coalition’s council will decide who will represent it in the upcoming presidential election. Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili on Tuesday […]

Ivanishvili will soon announce his candidate for president

By | April 28th, 2013|Categories: News, Politics|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili will announce his political bloc’s candidate for president in one or two weeks. Mr Ivanishvili said this during an appearance on a talk show on Rustavi 2 Friday. The presidential election is scheduled for […]

Ivanishvili demoted Alasania to end speculation

By | January 24th, 2013|Categories: Elections, Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: , |

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili doesn’t want speculation about a possible presidential run for Defense Minister Irakli Alasania in October, 2013. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgia’s Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says the reason he removed Defense Minister Irakli Alasania from his post as vice prime minister was to end speculation in Alasania’s party about making him a candidate for president. The prime minister […]

Alasania to focus on defense

By | January 23rd, 2013|Categories: Elections, Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: , |

Irakli Alasania is no longer vice prime minister, only defense minister. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has relieved Defense Minister Irakli Alasania of his additional responsibilities as vice prime minister. The press office of the PM says a decree was issued January 21 and that Ivanishvili will explain […]

Alasania not a candidate for president

By | January 23rd, 2013|Categories: Elections, Elections '12-'13, News|Tags: , |

Defense Minister Irakli Alasania in the funeral of Sergeant Giorgi Kikadze Jan. 5, 2013. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch — Defense Minister Irakli Alasania says the Georgian Dream coalition has had ‘an awkward discussion’ about selecting a candidate for the presidential election, but he doesn’t consider himself a candidate, as he feels responsibility for the post he […]

Saakashvili’s successor will win: new poll

By | May 3rd, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – A new poll shows that no matter who is nominated to suceed Mikheil Saakashvili, his party will win the next Georgian presidential election. A poll by the International Republican Institute shows that Saakashvili’s National Movement party still has […]