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Wednesday, May 21 2008, #094 (1610)

Saakashvili pledges more power for next parliament

As election campaigning drew to a close yesterday, President Mikheil Saakashvili reiterated his party’s priorities while pledging to increase government accountability to parliament. (more)

After a flawed campaign, will elections fall short?

Today’s parliamentary elections follow months of political unrest, and offer a chance at a fortifying stride forward for Georgian democracy—but also the possibility of inflaming tensions by falling short of a free and fair poll. (more)

Your guide to the Georgian parliamentary elections

Everything you need to know about today's elections: who's running, who's voting, who's counting and who's watching. (more)

Elections about more than choosing new parliament

Today's elections are an important moment in Georgia’s short history of democracy. At stake is not just the next parliament, but also the goodwill of the country’s crucial international allies. (more)

The race: a local look

While major television stations have followed party leaders on the national campaign trail, lesser local candidates have been waging battles within Georgia’s 75 election districts. (more)

An opposition divided worries it may not stand strong

A handful of candidates for parliament have quit and endorsed stronger colleagues in a half-hearted attempt to coordinate their challenge to the government in today’s elections. (more)

The News in Brief

Words of the Day

Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan to discuss transport issues

Russian, Iranian and Azerbaijani delegations will meet in Baku from May 26–27 to discuss the International North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC). (more)

Press Scanner

“Okruashvili has a new baby” (more)

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