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Prepared by Diana Dundua
Wednesday, April 16
“Labor Party accuses the opposition coalition of agreeing with the government”

Akhali Taoba reports that the populist Labor Party is accusing other opposition parties of working hand-in-hand with the government.

At an April 14 press conference, leading Labor member Giorgi Gugava said they found documentary evidence of opposition-government collusion in the electoral commission of Dusheti, the small town where Labor leader Shalva Natelashvili happens to be from.

The document, Gugava said, proved that a member of the nine-party opposition coalition is also working for the ruling party’s election campaign.

“Therefore on May 21 [the date of the elections] the National Movement [ruling party] and the united opposition coalition, in total 12 parties, are opposing the Labor Party. The Saakashvili government and the united opposition found a common language. Critical statements made by opposition leaders are just a show. Two allies are continuing to struggle against Shalva Natelashvili,” Gugava said.

Representatives of the opposition coalition denied Labor’s allegations.

“I don’t want to comment on such nonsense,” said Kartuli Dasi leader and coalition member Jondi Baghaturia. “I advise everyone who wishes to be in the opposition to be with the opposition, and not to oppose each other.”

“Maia Miminoshvili visits Upper Abkhazia” Rezonansi reports that director of the National Assessment and Examination Center Maia Miminoshvili will visit state-controlled Upper Abkhazia today.

Miminoshvili will meet local schoolteachers and university applicants. She will also talk about changes to the national exams this year, and hand out textbooks from the National Assessment and Examination Center to schools in Upper Abkhazia.

Upper Abkhazia is the only portion of breakaway Abkhazia controlled by Georgia.

“The learning process ground to a halt in Tbilisi Public School #149”

On April 14, teachers at a Tbilisi public school went on strike over a confrontation with the school’s director, Sakartvelos Respublika reports.

The teachers said they disliked the director from the day she was appointed.

School director Maia Giorgadze said the teachers are opposition her because of new administrative fines to ensure job performance. If a teacher misses ten lessons, he or she will have their salary cut.

“Modern world brands exhibition sale to be held in Georgia for the first time”

Rezonansi writes about Georgia’s first “exhibition sale of modern world brands” from April 19–20 at the Sheraton Metekhi Palace hotel.

The newspaper notes that “going shopping and buying things is one of the most pleasant feelings for the human being.”

“Mikheil Saakashvili met with Ozurgeti residents”

On April 14, President Mikheil Saakashvili met with residents of Guria province’s Ozurgeti district in western Georgia, Sakartvelos Respublika reports.

Guria governor Ramaz Nikolaishvili joined the campaigning.

The president spoke about the country’s economic development, saying a government goal is to attract more investments.

He promised to build nut processing factories in the area.