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Compiled by Etuna Tsotniashvili
Tuesday, November 4
Elections are rigged again

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that the leader of New Rights Party Davit Gamkrelidze has assessed the parliamentary by-elections held on Monday as a continuation of what he regards as the Government’s policy of electoral malpractice.

Gamkrelidze said that the Government massively rigged the Parliamentary elections on May 21, and will not therefore correct this error simply by holding new elections in Vake and Didube. He said that those people who take part in these by-elections are allies of Saakashvili and his regime.

“The Parliamentary majority and minority are now one team. It is no secret that this so-called ‘opposition’ is controlled by Vano Merabishvili. As a result of this election two new men were added to this false and undemocratic opposition,” Gamkrelidze said.

Sozar Subari sends a 700 page report to Parliament

The Public Defender has sent a 700 page report to Parliament, Akhali Taoba reports. Davit Bakradze has subsequently presented this report to Georgian MPs. Its content is not known yet, but now it has been presented to Parliament it will soon be read and discussed. The report will also be placed on the Ombudsman’s website so members of the public can also read it.

Bokeria praises Prime Minister

Kviris Palitra reports that according to Giga Bokeria, the Deputy Foreign Minister, Lado Gurgenidze was a good Prime Minister but Grigol Mgaloblishvili will in time be more effective and perform his tasks better, as he has been the Ambassador to one of Georgia’s strategic partners and has connections with lots of economic and energy projects.

Commenting on the Temporary Parliamentary Commission studying the August war, Bokeria said that the goal of the Commission is to ask the questions they have with politicians and officials. “There have been some questions presented such as those asked by Nino Burjanadze, but I would like to point out that her questions were not serious and rhetorical,” Bokeria said.

Commenting on the planned November rallies, Bokeria stated that meetings and demonstrations were usual things in Georgia, but last year the opposition leaders provoked the forcible disbandment of their protest. This started on November 2, and no one tried to stop it, but when opposition leaders violated all kinds of laws by erecting tents and closing the road the police moved in because no one would tolerate such actions.

Russian President to make speech on recent situation in Caucasus

Dmitry Medvedev will focus his annual report to Parliament on developments taking place in the Caucasus. He will deliver his report before the Duma, supreme legislative body of the Russian Federation, on November 5, Akhali Taoba reports.

The Russian President is also expected to deliver his thoughts on the global economic crisis and domestic social and economic problems. His annual report was first expected on October 23 but its presentation was adjourned, probably due to the economic crisis.