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Georgia’s parliament to hold meetings in two cities

By | March 5th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

Old parliament in Tbilisi. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian Speaker of Parliament Davit Usupashvili has started working at the old parliament building in Tbilisi. The speaker explained it was only the first step in a gradual moving process. “Parliament will be moved back to Tbilisi step by step,” he said, […]

Georgian parliament’s website down after hacker attack

By | January 13th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

Under construction. Parliament is getting a new website after the old one was attacked by hackers. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The website of Georgia’s parliament was down during the weekend and IT specialists are still trying to repair it after it was hacked twice in the last two weeks. Merab Gotsiridze, head of the informational technology department of parliament, says […]

Georgia considers moving parliament back to Tbilisi

By | November 1st, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

The new parliament building in Kutaisi was opened in 2012. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Judiciary Committee in parliament supports a constitutional amendment to move parliament back to the capital Tbilisi. For the last year and a half, parliament has been located in Kutaisi, in western Georgia. Thursday, the […]

Parliament in Georgia resumes work Thursday

By | October 29th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The parliament in Georgia will continue working from Thursday. At noon, a plenary session will start, and before that a session of bureau will be held to agree on the timetable. The first issue for parliament will be to approve a new government, as […]

State money siphoned off in construction of new parliament

By | October 5th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

The pillars of the new parliament in Kutaisi. (Pirveli.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The investigative service of the Finance Ministry has charged the director of the company that built the new parliament in Kutaisi with appropriation of a state money. According to the Investigative Service information, March 17, 2010, Meno International […]

Government prepares to move parliament back to the capital

By | April 4th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The government has announced a USD 3 million tender for the rehabilitation reconstruction of the old parliament building in Tbilisi. On Mikheil Saakashvili’s initiative, a new parliament was built in Kutaisi, the second largest city in the country. […]

Parliament to return to Tbilisi in spring

By | December 28th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The Georgian Dream coalition says parliament will return to Tbilisi by the end of the spring session. After the parliamentary election in October, 2012, the eighth parliamentary assembly has been holding sessions in a new building in Kutaisi, […]

Kutaisi parliament cost USD 196 million

By | December 11th, 2012|Categories: NGO news|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A new study has revealed the true cost of Georgia’s new parliament: USD 196 million. Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) on Monday presented a report about the cost of building a new parliament building in Kutaisi, the second […]

Georgia to introduce a traveling parliament

By | December 5th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The governing coalition in Georgia wants parliament back to the capital Tbilisi, but with an added option to meet at other places if necessary. Recent consultations among the Georgian Dream coalition, which came to power after the October 1, […]

Georgia’s new parliament is privately owned

By | November 22nd, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The Georgian parliament has decided to study the expenses spent on constructing an entirely new building for the assembly in the city Kutaisi, in western Georgia. It was a controversial decision from the start to move parliament to the west, made […]

Georgia moves parliament back to the capital

By | October 29th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The government in Georgia says it will move parliament back to the capital Tbilisi. October 21, parliamentarians met for their first regular session in Kutaisi, after President Mikheil Saakashvili as recently as 2011 decided to build an […]

Construction of new parliament halted due to strike

By | July 27th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Construction workers rallied in Kutaisi today at the site of the new parliament building they have been employed with constructing, demanding to get paid. The workers refuse to work until they get their salaries, which they claim they haven’t been […]

One dies as part of parliament collapses in Georgia

By | June 7th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – A construction worker was killed as one wing of the new parliament building in Kutaisi collapsed Thursday afternoon. According to eyewitnesses, 22 people were injured, but this is unconfirmed. Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili confirmed that one […]

Saakashvili plays nationalism card against opponent

By | May 28th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – On May 26, Georgia’s independence day, President Mikheil Saakashvili argued that it is time for a stronger nationalism in order to undermine Russia’s influence. The call for a strengthening of nationalism came during a speech in Kutaisi at the […]

Georgia’s Independence Day moves to Kutaisi, sort of

By | May 27th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – For the first time in Georgia’s history, the main celebration on Independence Day took place not in Tbilisi, the formal capital, but in Kutaisi, where a new parliament building was opened with a symbolic first session of lawmakers and a military […]

Georgia marks independence day with new parliament

By | May 26th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia celebrates Independence Day today on May 26. The day is a celebration of restoration of independence from the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. May 26 1918, the first Georgia republic was established. The country became independent […]

Georgia’s parliament finally gets a price tag: $82.5 mill

By | May 15th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The Saakashvili regime has finally revealed how much it is spending on building a new parliament building: USD 82.5 million. Finance minister Dimitry Gvindadze says the whole process with building a new parliament is completely transparent. […]

Georgia’s parliament will be opened before it’s finished

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

TBILISI, DFWatch – The new parliament building in Georgia will be only partly completed by the time of the opening session on May 26. In 2011, Mikheil Saakashvili announced that he would move parliament to Kutaisi, Georgia’s second biggest city. He also said that […]

Construction of new Georgian parliament still engulfed in secrecy

By | April 23rd, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – An advocacy group of young lawyers says the construction of a new parliament building in western Georgia is so opaque that there could well be corruption without anyone noticing. Georgian Young Lawyer’s Association (GYLA) has researched the […]

New photo prohibition in Georgia’s parliament

By | February 8th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Journalists in Georgia will no longer be allowed to bring cameras into the session hall of the Parliament building. This is where plenary sessions are held. They will also be prevented from having cameras with them in the small meeting rooms where committee […]

Who is building Georgia’s new parliament?

By | January 13th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - The construction work on Georgia's new parliament building in Kutaisi is well underway, but who is actually building it, and how much will it cost? A recent push by a local civil rights group revealed that minister Ramaz Nikolaishvili does not give that information out to just anyone. Institute for Development [...]

New parliament ‘better than Strasbourg and Brussels’

By | December 16th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - The Georgian Minister of Regional Development is sure that the new Georgian parliament building (pictured) will be better than parliament buildings in Strasbourg and Brussels. Currently Georgia’s parliament is housed in the old historic building on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi. Following a presidential decision which made changes to the constitution, the assembly will [...]