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Prepared by Diana Dundua
Wednesday, April 2

“Lagodekhi residents threaten the administration with protests”

Akhali Taoba reports that residents of an eastern border town are accusing the government of defrauding them and are threatening mass protests.

Residents of Lagodekhi, in eastern Kakheti province, say that utilities vouchers distributed by the government during the presidential election campaign are useless.

According to Lagodekhi-based radio station Radio Hereti, locals learned their vouchers were no good after trying to use them to pay off electricity bills.

They’ve accused the government of deceiving them.

“Nani Bregvadze to appear on the National Movement electoral list?”

Several well-known Georgian singers may make it on the ruling party’s electoral list for the May parliamentary elections, according to Akhali Taoba.

The candidacy of singer Nani Bregvadze has been floated, as well that of Eka Mamaladze, Lela Tsurtsumia and rapper Lekseni.

“I think that it will be good for the famous faces who have contributed much to Georgian culture to come into parliament,” majority MP Nazi Aronia said.

“Koba Subeliani met IDPs living in Lilo”

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that State Minister for Refugees and Resettlement Koba Subeliani met with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in a nursery school building in Tbilisi’s Lilo district on March 31.

They have no electricity after falling behind on payments; the minister promised to settle their debts in two weeks.

“Georgian language faces huge danger”

Akhali Taoba reports on a youth-led rally to protect the Georgian language held in front of the Education Ministry.

The 1978 Movement submitted a letter to Education Minister Gia Nodia.

“We demand a concrete project to protect the Georgian language and free it from foreign words and barbarisms,” an NGO member said. “There are numerous foreign words included in Georgian language tests, which Georgian applicants must take in the National Exams.”

Other NGO members say the Georgian language could go extinct in a few years if it’s not protected.