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Tuesday, February 5 2008, #023 (1539)

Opposition planning street protests as government negotiations get underway

The opposition coalition will return to street protests, its leaders announced yesterday, in the midst of negotiations with the government over concessions which could soothe the country’s continuing political volatility. (more)

Patarkatsishvili’s allies resurrect parliamentary faction

Recently-resigned foreign affairs minister Gela Bezhuashvili will be appointed head of the country’s intelligence agency, ruling party lawmakers confirmed yesterday. (more)

Half of the country’s governors to lose their posts

The government announced a thorough shakeup of regional administrators yesterday, promising to replace half of the country’s governors. (more)

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Israel to profit from Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan project?

Israel took a step closer to becoming transit country for Azerbaijani oil, after the Eylat Ashkelon Pipeline Company “forwarded an international initiative to create a route for transporting raw oil from the Turkish Ceyhan port to East Asia by using its infrastructure in Israel." (more)

Turkmenistan rejects White Stream suggestion

The Turkmen government has released a statement describing Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s comments on the possibility of transiting Turkmen gas to Europe via Georgia and Ukraine as “incomprehensible.” (more)

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“Kokoity regime cut off water to the population of Tskhinvali” (more)

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