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Compiled by Etuna Tsotniashvili
Thursday, May 7
No split in Christian Democrats

Sakartvelos Respublika informs that Vano Galakhvaridze, Executive Secretary of the Telavi regional organization of the Christian Democratic Movement, has denied reports that some members have left the movement in protest.

Although Nona Baguashvili claimed she left the Christian Democrats in protest, she was dismissed as a result of reorganization, Galakhvaridze said, and Erekle Tsintsadze, who also reportedly left the party recently in protest, actually left it long ago and joined another.

The report of Baguashvili leaving her post as Acting Press Secretary of the Telavi regional Christian Democratic Movement was released three days ago. She claimed she had left because she disagreed with the actions of the party’s leadership.

GYLA calls on opposition to condemn bodily assaults on journalists

The Georgian Young Lawyers’ (GYLA) Association is calling on the opposition leaders to condemn bodily assaults on journalists and to ensure they act within the law, Akhali Taoba reports.

GYLA says in a statement that despite the fact that the Georgian Public Broadcaster does not often fulfill the demand of society and does not cover the current developments adequately, the opposition are obliged to be responsible for the security of each person they encounter, including the participants of the rallies, passers-by and journalists.

The organization also calls on the authorities to stop interfering in the editorial policy of the media.

Parliament to resume functioning today

Rezonansi writes that Parliament’s non-functioning has raised a number of comments. Chairman of Parliament Davit Bakradze has stated that Parliament will not resume its usual work until the protest rallies have stopped. But Parliament employees say that Parliament will start work from today 7 May.

Parliament has not sat since April 9, but the authorities claim that Parliament continues working in a limited way. During the month since it last sat a committee session has been held in the regions and Bureau sessions have been held twice. One Bureau session was held in Gori, and according to official information this was done because Georgian MPs wanted to see the current situation in the region of Shida Kartli and the occupied territories.

Bakradze told the paper that this work regime has been imposed upon Parliament by the protest rallies because there is threat of provocations towards MPs. “As soon as we see that the threat of provocation is minimized Parliament will resume its usual work pattern,” he said.