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Compiled by Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Monday, August 17
Labour Party to struggle for Mayoral elections

Akhali Taoba reports that sociological researchers have identified that the four most popular political parties in Georgia as a whole are the National Movement, National Forum, Labour and the Christian Democrats, in that order. The situation is different in Tbilisi however, where Labour and the National Forum share second place. The most popular of the possible Presidents is the incumbent, Mikheil Saakashvili, followed by Irakli Alasania, Giorgi Targamadze and Levan Gachechiladze.

Several opposition leaders do not agree with the results of this research but will prepare for the local elections. It is said that Labour and the Christian-Democrats may present candidates for the Tbilisi Mayoral elections. Levan Gachechiladze is a possible opposition candidate for Mayor of Tbilisi but it is possible that parties which supported him before may reject his candidature, states Akhali Taoba.

Saakashvili could win information war -Tina Khidasheli

Rezonansi reports that Tina Khidasheli of the Republican Party has said: “Unfortunately, civilized dialogue doesn’t exist in Georgia. We had meetings with Saakashvili and Davit Bakradze during the spring demonstrations but no actual dialogue. The meeting with the Security Council was very important, I would have attended it with great pleasure if had had an opportunity. I can’t call this meeting just a PR stunt,” said Khidasheli, saying that the opposition had made a mistake in not attending meetings with the Government.

“We mustn’t refuse to hold civilized dialogue. The opposition should recognise that Saakashvili won the information war in spring by suggesting dialogue while the opposition parties rejected this proposal. We are working on the project now concerning this, which will be absolutely new in the current political reality and protect us from an increase in tension,” declared Tina Khidasheli.

160 tonnes of grapes are expected in Kakheti

Rezonansi reports that Vintage 2009 is to be officially announced on September 5, when the staff who will supervise the granting of vintage certificates have been appointed. This year the vintage office is to be opened in Gurjaani and Tariel Gabunia, Chairman of the Agriculture Ministry’s Administrative Department, will run it.

Radio Hereti says that 160 tonnes of grapes are expected to be harvested in Kakheti this year. The Government plans 30 million GEL in support for Vintage 2009 and a web portal will be created to help farmers realise their crop.

Levan Kubaneishvili the new Ambassador to India?

Rezonansi announces that Levan Kubaneishvili, the former Georgian Public Broadcaster General Director, might be appointed the new Georgian Ambassador to India. It is said that an Embassy will open in New Delhi in the near future. However Kubaneishvili declares that he has no knowledge of this. “I have no idea what you are talking about, I have no information,” stated Kubaneishvili.

According to a trusted source President Saakashvili demanded that Kubaneishvili leave the GPB General Director’s post as a result of independent journalist Vakhtang Komakhidze’s film “Media Control in Pink” which highlighted some dubious practices at GPB.