Five MPs defect from UNM, form new faction and join GD in Tbilisi assembly
Five members of the Tbilisi city assembly Sakrebulo have defected from the United National Movement and formed a new faction the Liberty. MPs - Giorgi Nemsadze, Merab Rafava, Mikheil Kavtaradze, Irakli Shikhiashvili and Zaur Dolidze have joined the Georgian Dream Coalition, which has won majority in new parliament of Georgia. The former members of the UNM say they respect the choice of the majority of Georgian citizens and that`s why they have moved into the coalition. Currently, there are 49 members in the Tbilisi self-government body - National Movement, Christian Democrats, faction Tbilisi, which is staffed with the members of the coalition and the newly formed faction Liberty.
Two protest rallies took place on the background of noise and minor incidents in front of the State Chancellery building. Verbal conflict took place between the activists several times. The tension was quickly diffused by police.
The demonstration planned by the NGO Identoba, which was intended to be held on Rustaveli Avenue today, was not only disrupted, but it caused mass clashes and violent riot on Tbilisi`s central avenue. While the LGBT supporters were intending to protect their rights by a flash-mob performance, the clergymen of the Orthodox Church...
Two demonstrations are underway on Rustaveli Avenue simultaneously. NGO Identity has decided to rally for the protection of the rights of LGBT persons on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Parliament speaker has made a special announcement on behalf of the parliament regarding the violent demonstration on Rustaveli Avenue today. Davit Usupashvili called on the protestors, police and whole society to keep order and stability.
The coffins of the three Georgian soldiers, who were killed in a terror attack on Shirgaza military base in Afghanistan last Monday, were transferred to their families last night. Aleksandre Kvitsinadze was from the village of Bershueti, Gori region.
President of Georgia continues his visit to the United States. Mikheil Saakashvili has held a meeting with the governor of the state of New Jersey Mr. Chris Christie. The governor emphasized the importance to continue the reforms and democratic processes that are underway in Georgia.
Parliamentary opposition has voiced a new initiative about the amendments to the Law on Occupation after the lawmakers failed to adopt the draft amendments proposed by the majority by the second attempt. Leader of the minority Davit Bakradze says they have a compromising version of the sanctions on border violation on the occupied territories.