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Monday, May 31
Ilia II God helps us elect worthy people

God helps us elect worthy people, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II said after voting in the 4th polling station of Krtsanisi district. Ilia II went to the polling station after serving the liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

International and local observers monitor elections

Over 10,000 international and local observers monitored yesterday's local government elections in Georgia. 36 local and 28 international organisations took part in this monitoring.

Representatives of the EU, OSCE and European Parliament, members of central election commissions of different countries and diplomats observed all polling stations in Tbilisi and the regions. They each monitored several different districts and observed the voting process. International observers will publish the final results in several days.

"We have eight patrols out, travelling to different parts of Georgia. We are entering each polling station at least four times to see how the elections are going on at different times of day", head of the European Commission delegation Per Goran Eklund said.
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President attends opening of modern skating rink in Batumi

On May 29 a skating rink opened in the city of Batumi in the Adjara region. The rink has been constructed with special technologies and will allow locals and tourists to skate there at any time of year.

The Georgian President opened the skating rink on Saturday. Mikheil Saakashvili also viewed ongoing construction work in one of the avenues of Batumi. The President also viewed the construction of an arch in the avenue. A square will also be constructed there, alongside an entertainment centre and different park amusements.

"Batumi is the fastest developing city", Mikheil Saakashvili said. He underlined the significance of constructing the Plaza Hotel in the old part of Batumi. The President said that about 40 multi-storey building are planned which would ensure the employment of thousands of locals and investments in the economy of Batumi and Georgia. Saakashvili said that Batumi was the place least affected by the economic crisis in the whole of Europe because none of the construction there was suspended.

The President wore a T-shirt prepared for the concert in Zugdidi several days ago at which foreign and Georgian musicians performed to support Georgian internally displaced persons.
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Consultation between Georgian and Bulgarian Foreign Ministries

On May 28 the latest round of political consultations was held between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Republic of Bulgaria.

The Bulgarian delegation was led by Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria Iuri Shtrek. During the consultations the sides discussed a broad spectrum of political and economic issues involving Georgia and Bulgaria and the current state and future prospects for the development of relations with the European Union and NATO.

The sides emphasised the necessity of deepening cooperation between the two states in various fields of activity and interacting in a multilateral format. The Bulgarian side reaffirmed its full support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Large quantity of firearms seized from apartment

On May 29 officers of the Didube-Chugureti main police division in Tbilisi detained previously convicted Mamuka Osadze, who is accused of illegally purchasing, carrying and keeping firearms.

Representatives of the Georgian Interior Ministry say a large number of firearms, including explosive materials, ammunition, optical targets for day and night vision, Jericho system firearms, four AKS system automatic guns, six pieces of shell, cartridges and anti-tank combat grenade launchers were seized from Osadze's apartment.

An investigation has been launched. If found guilty, the detainee may face eight years imprisonment.
(Rustavi 2)