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Compiled by Sopo Datishvili
Monday, February 9
Salaries aren’t given out in Kakheti

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that private sector organizations in Kakheti financed by the regional budget and employees of private sector organizations who receive their salaries via plastic cards haven’t been paid their January wages.

According to the Kakheti Information Centre this problem has been caused by an absence of money in the ATM. Branches of VTB and Peoples’ Bank have yet to comment on this issue. Some organizations say that transfers of money to other accounts take a while to register and this has caused problems in their working processes.

Military facility to be built in Tskhinvali

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that Russian servicemen have finished work on their first base in Tskhinvali, as announced by the Russian Ministry of Defence according to Ria Novosti.

“The equipping of military personnel continues in South Ossetia. A military complex has been opened in Tskhinvali containing educational centres, dining rooms, baths and sports complexes which already started functioning. The servicemen live in comfortable barracks which meet modern standards,” the Ministry has announced.

Four blocks have already been built for officers and their families. By the end of February a storage facility for technical equipment and a garage will be opened. From spring onwards more facilities will be constructed.

Government still not approved

24 Saati reports that the new candidates for Ministerial posts sent for Parliamentary approval are still holding meetings. Members of the Government faction have expressed their satisfaction with the candidates but opposition MPs doubt their success.

Committee voting has given a “green light” to the new Gilauri Government prior to the plenary meeting but discussions continue.

“Although the August war and world economic crisis have forced some changes in the workplan of the Government, our priorities are still the same,” said Nika Gilauri. In spite of this optimistic prognosis however the Parliamentary minority is not sure that the ruling group will manage to lead the country out of the present crisis.