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Monday, June 9 2008, #106 (1622)

Dodging protest, new parliament convenes

The newly-elected Georgian parliament unexpectedly convened on June 7 to avoid a potential large-scale opposition rally, opening with messages of political reconciliation and cooperation in stark contrast to its furtive first gathering and a small but vocal protest outside. (more)

No breakthroughs in first Saakashvili-Medvedev meeting

The presidents of Georgia and Russia met for the first time on June 6 in St Petersburg. Both sides said it was a friendly encounter, but there was no sign of resolution to the deeply divisive issues standing between the two countries. (more)

Ex-foreign minister elected speaker of parliament

Former foreign minister Davit Bakradze was formally appointed parliamentary speaker at the inaugural session of parliament on June 7. (more)

Moscow mayor says Tbilisi should recognize separatist independence

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov called on the Georgian government to recognize the independence of its separatist regions, drawing bitter fire from Tbilisi officials. (more)

The News in Brief

Olympic Committees of Russia and Georgia discuss Sochi Olympics. (more)

Government wins the round, but the victory is Pyrrhic

Parliament convened on Saturday with 30 MPs missing. Domestic political turmoil has come to an uneasy halt, but those empty seats in parliament are the seed of future discord. (more)

Georgia’s shrinking agriculture sector

Part of the government’s 50-Day Action plan announced in February is reviving the agriculture sector. (more)

Israel looks at Azerbaijani gas and oil

Israel could spend up to USD 40 billion on Azerbaijani gas imports in coming years, Israeli Infrastructure Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer said in an interview. (more)

Press Scanner

“US Embassy does not share Subari’s views”

Is the opposition’s campaign finished?
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