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.
State of Vanuatu has withdrawn its decision to recognize the independence of Georgia`s breakaway region of Abkhazia - country`s prime minister Moana Carcasses Kalosil has told Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at their meeting recently.
Police had to drive protestors away from the central highway in the village of Bakurtsikhe today. The residents of five villages of the Gurjaani region rallied in the village demanding compensation of the damage inflicted onto the region by the hail and windstorm last week.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia dismisses the reports about the summoning of Georgian ambassador to Netherlands by the local authorities regarding the dispersal of the LGBT rally in Tbilisi on May 17.
Nino Burjanadze, who currently leads Democratic Movement - United Georgia, plans to run for the president. The decision of the People`s Assembly, the member of which is Burjanadze`s party, was announced today.
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Administration of the President of Georgia has responded to the statement of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Davit Zalkaniani, who accused the administration of non-coordinated work on diplomatic arena.
Workers of the JSC Zestaphoni Ferroalloys Plant have been on strike since the morning today demanding 50% growth of their salaries. The protestors have also objected to the working terms at night shift and demanded the 20% growth of the salary for it.