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Thursday, January 31 2008, #020 (1536)

Saakashvili says parliament to strengthen, opposition turned down ministry posts

President Mikheil Saakashvili, answering questions from regional journalists yesterday in his first domestic press conference since his inauguration, said he is ready to shift power away from the presidency and onto parliament for the sake of long-term stability. (more)

Electricity company denies overcharging

The electricity distribution company Telasi has denied accusations leveled by the Labor Party that it deliberately overcharged consumers, saying the party is “deceiving people.” (more)

New Rights say Saakashvili aiming for third term in office

Opposition MPs allege President Mikheil Saakashvili is trying to rewrite the constitution to allow himself a third consecutive term after a draft amendment dated to November 2007 surfaced in parliament. (more)

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Speculation over how Georgian Railway will be privatized

As the Ministry of Economic Development reviews bids from five companies for the Georgian Railway tender, speculation remains over how much, if any, of the state-owned company will be privatized. (more)

Armenian president underlines importance of trade relations with Russia

Outgoing Armenian President Robert Kocharyan underlined the importance of economic links with Russia while meeting with Russian State Duma Chairman Boris Gryzlov on January 29. (more)

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“Giorgi Baramidze: the government will correct its mistakes” (more)

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