The planned rally against homophobia and transphobia in Tbilisi spilled out of control as clergymen and the members of congregation clashed with gay rights activists. Police struggled to take things under control as demonstrators were hunting gay people and their supporters all over downtown Tbilisi.
Tbilisi central streets turned into a riot zone on Friday evening. Few people – MPs among them – were hurt when citizens clashed with representatives of former ruling elite as President Mikheil Saakashvili attempted to address people from the National Parliamentary Library. Whether the police did all to prevent the incident remains under question.
On January 21, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili issued a decree ordering Iraklia Alasania to be demoted from the post of the Vice-Premier. Alasania, who keeps his position as the Minister of Defense, is one of Ivanishvili’s key allies. The Prime Minister has never been restraint to publicly praise Alasania, both as a politician and as [...]
Georgia met 2013 without a traditional posh concert on Tbilisi’s Freedom Square and parallel celebrations in major cities across the country. The annual presidential speech was followed by that of the Prime Minister this year. All the changes that the year 2012 brought were clearly visible on the New Year’s Night.
The new ruling party, amid the chaos of organizing the new parliament, has found some time for (not so) innocent fun. Few MPs initiated amendments to the Administrative Code of Georgia restricting selling of sex paraphernalia and condoms. As there is an increasing controversy about arrests of former officials, Georgian Dream perhaps chose a bad [...]
Among thousands of NGOs registered in Georgia there are, of course, much less functioning, and even less are truly active. NGO representatives comment on legal and political environment almost every day, but this hardly makes them parts of decision-making. Choosing the Ombudsman Perhaps the most comical case for Georgian NGOs was the process of choosing [...]
Bacho Akhalaia, one of the key allies of the President Saakashvili, was arrested together with two senior army commanders. As the tensions between former and the new government intensify, Georgia’s international reputation is put under question. Though perhaps the country has already survived worse than this… Arresting Bacho Akhalaia Bacho Akhalaia, one of the most [...]
It is time for new ministers to tackle social issues. As election fever faded, Georgians remembered their day to day problems. Refugees occupy state and private buildings demanding housing while railway station workers and miners go on strike. Perhaps the first test of the new government is right ahead of us. Demanding a place to live [...]
The elections are won and governmental positions are assigned. Bidzina Ivanishvili will commence his duties as a prime minister in the nearest future. It’s high time to remember what was about that guy that made people vote for him. He is a Nice Guy Years of Ivanishvili’s philanthropy has paid off. Some Georgians were simply [...]
The Coalition “Georgian Dream” announced the majority of candidates for key governmental posts, but few still remain a mystery. Meanwhile, UNM loses its influence while the decisions taken by the government against the Coalition (fines and arrests) are reversed, which looks even more ridiculous than taking them in the first place. Incoming Government The – most [...]
Georgia is still in a state of shock after finding out that the country’s ruling elite was changed through elections. And this is hardly an exaggeration. After months of arrests, fist-fights and cursing each other, what was least expected from the Georgian Dream and UNM was their calm acceptance of the election results. Georgia waits [...]
People gather at Liberty Square in the center of Tbilisi to celebrate the exit poll results that shows the Coalition Georgian Dream winning the elections. You can hear over-speeding cars signaling on the streets with excited supporters stuck out of the car windows. They should be fined, but probably patrol police should better be nice [...]
International and local NGOs, along with the government, try to keep Georgian society informed about the elections. Several web-portals are designed for this purpose. All this is certainly interesting for people determined to get more informed on Georgian elections – journalists or civil society activists. Yet would anyone else, who does not have to write a [...]
An electoral fraud has always been an issue in Georgia. There is quite a big number of well-known methods, for instance, traditional “Karuselis,”(from Russian карусель) which means people voting more than once. There might also be “dead souls” – people who have already died but are still included in the list of voters with a [...]
Political parties make final moves against each other as less than a week is left till the parliamentary elections. It seems that all that they have on each other will be laid out this week. A week after the prison abuse scandal, politicians have cleared up their heads and remembered that elections are right in [...]
Ministerial heads are rolling. Georgia reacts to inmate abuse videos released two days ago: as the government tries to keep the temperature down, civil protests rise and the opposition only seems to be benefiting. Yet there is something completely apolitical in this purely political story… Footages of inmate beatings and rape released on Tuesday evening by [...]
The only thing that is not confusing in Georgian elections is the programs of political parties. Be it left-wing, right-wing or in-between – they all promise higher wages and lower tariffs. In these elections, as in any other, politicians do not take a clear stance on their policy agenda and just promise to do everything [...]
As less than a month is left till the parliamentary elections, major political figures address the public more often. Each has his own way to do it. Misha President Mikheil Saakashvili, emotional and tireless, often addresses large crowds that mysteriously appear at however remote Georgian village to meet the president. Elderly women hug and kiss [...]
Georgian Dream and UNM cannot agree on a TV debate; meanwhile, the Central Election Committee assigns number 41 to Georgian Dream as two of its members face drug charges. Who Debates with Whom A week ago Bidzina Ivanishvili challenged President Mikheil Saakashvili to a TV debate. The President did not show enthusiasm. Chiora Taqtaqishvili, the [...]