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Compiled by Sopo Datishvili
Monday, January 5
The majority of MPs donít care about the people - MP

Opposition MP Gia Tsagareishvili has spoken about the sad tradition of budget discussion in Parliament, Sakartvelos Respublika reports.

Tsagareishvili mentioned that discussing budget bills in an empty hall had become a tradition of the present Parliament as well. He said that this indicates that the majority of Parliamentarians donít care about how the country and its people will live in future, ďAnd they donít care about how to govern the country at all,Ē Tsagareishvili added.



Labour demands impeachment of President

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that Labour Party members have demanded the Presidentís impeachment. The document, delivered to Parliament, is signed by those party members who refused to take their seats in Parliament after being elected in 2008.

ďToday we officially present our demand for the impeachment of Mikheil Saakashvili. We ask Georgian MPs to do their duty and sign this document. If they wonít do this, it will be asked whether they should be impeached as well,Ē said the Labour Partyís Political Secretary Giorgi Gugava.



New Ministry to receive millions

Akhali Taoba reports that the new Ministry of Execution of Punishment, Probation and Judicial Assistance will be financed to the tune of GEL 116 million for the next year. Nika Gilauri announced this at the budget bill presentation in Parliament.

The new Ministry was due to start work on the First of January but its opening was postponed until the First of February. This Ministry was formed as an independent entity by the constitutional changes which united the Prosecutor Generalís Office with the Ministry of Justice.



United Telecom Georgia raises fee again

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that United Telecom Georgiaís fixed telephone line monthly fee has risen from 5 to 8 GEL in Tbilisi. This decision was announced by representatives of UTG.

The company announced that from 2009, the customers of digital stations in Signagi, Telavi, Marneuli, Gardabani, Gori, Khashuri, Kareli, Kaspi, Borjomi, Zestaponi, Samtredia, Kharagauli, Senaki, Khobi, Ozurgeti, Poti, Abasha, Lanchkhuti and Zugdidi would pay the new GEL 8 fee, but customers of the old analog stations would continue to pay GEL 3. Customers in Rustavi and Kutaisi will pay GEL 4 a month due to competition from other telephone companies.



Refugees in Samtredia left without assistance

Akhali Taoba reports that Gia Tsagareishvili has spoken about the problems of 300 refugees in Samtredia, who were left without electricity for eight months. At a Parliament session he called upon the MP for Samtredia, Avandil Sturua, to get involved in this issue, although he added that he isnít personally acquainted with this MP.

Tsagareishvili said that solving this problem would only require GEL 11 thousand. ďLetís have pity on those people. Imagine that we are one of them. Maybe those who are responsible for this will hear us and give them electricity even for a week, to greet the New Year with,Ē said Tsagareishvili.