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Tuesday, March 11 2008, #047 (1563)

New Rights begin hunger strike inside parliament

A group of moderate opposition MPs began a hunger strike outside the parliamentary speaker’s office yesterday, demanding that the government make the changes set out in a joint opposition memorandum in January. (more)

Government upbeat on NATO membership

Government officials said Georgia is “very close” to receiving a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) after a meeting of NATO foreign members in Brussels last week, while Alliance officials said no decisions have been made. (more)

In Armenia crisis, Georgians see echoes of own political turmoil

As Georgians watched reports of Yerevan’s deadly March 1 crackdown on opposition supporters, many saw similarities to Tbilisi’s own recent political unrest. (more)

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Political crossfire doing more damage to the opposition

Speaker of Parliament Nino Burjanadze and opposition coalition member MP Levan Gachechiladze both enjoy the top spot on their party’s ticket for the parliamentary elections. But prominence makes targets, and Burjanadze is better suited to withstand the fire. (more)

Agriculture Ministry plans revival for Georgian tea industry

Agriculture Ministry officials are confident that Georgia’s tea business, despite years of decline in production, can be revived. (more)

Poll: Which public figure do you trust the most?

The International Center on Conflict and Negotiation asked 1000 Tbiliselebi which political or public figure they trust the most. (more)

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“United opposition coalition chose wrong presidential candidate” (more)

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