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Monday, August 20
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegation to visit Tbilisi on 20-22 August

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegation will visit Tbilisi on 20-22 August. Riccardo Migliori, the newly elected president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Vice President Tonino Picula, the Secretary General and other members of the delegation will study the pre-election situation in Georgia. Meetings will be held with representatives of political parties, international and local monitoring organizations, the Central Election Commission and NGOs.

The delegation will also meet with President Mikheil Saakashvili, MPs and the diplomatic corps.

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly unites more than 400 MPs from 56 countries. In July, the Parliamentary Assembly adopted a resolution in support of Georgia, which talked about Russia’s occupation of Georgia’s territories and expressed support for the territorial integrity of Georgia. (IPN)

President Saakashvili inspects ongoing rehabilitation in Bakhmaro

President Saakashvili visited the resort of Bakhmaro located in the Guria region in western Georgia recently. Mikheil Saakashvili, who is spending his vacation with his family in Bakhmaro, inspected the ongoing rehabilitation work in the resort and viewed several objects, which are being completed.

A hotel, a movie theatre, a cafe, sporting grounds, an ambulatory clinic, as well as a drug store will open in Bakhmaro. The rehabilitation of a supermarket has already been completed in the resort.

Hundreds of locals have been employed in the project for the resort`s development and rehabilitation. The rehabilitation work is going on 24 hours a day.

After inspecting the construction site, Mikheil Saakashvili met young people and the participants of the Proud of Georgia project, which was launched in Bakhmaro and will travel to other regions of the country. (Rustavi 2)

Georgia`s IATF recommends local administrations, state agencies

Georgia’s Interagency Task Force have given recommendations to local administrations and state agencies. The recommendations were prepared after the Interagency Task Force had been informed about several instances where election campaign posters and the electoral numbers of the ruling party have been posted in state offices.

The IATF considers this to be a misuse of administrative resources during the electoral campaign. This violation of electoral legislation is punishable by a fine of 2, 000 GEL. It must be noted that it is within the competence of the CEC to draw up administrative violation protocol.

The IATF recommends that local administrations and state agencies remind their employees immediately that posting party symbols in the offices of local administrations and national agencies violates electoral legislation. They also reminded them to proactively monitor whether any similar violations were taking place in their agency and to eliminate such practices if they are. (Rustavi 2)

Bidzina Ivanishvili meets with Nino Burjanadze

Bidzina Ivanishvili, leader of the Georgian Dream coalition, has met with Nino Burjanadze, leader of the Democratic Movement. Ongoing political developments were discussed at the meeting, the coalition told InterpressNews. The meeting was held in Bidzina Ivanishvili’s business center. (IPN)

CEC registers election bloc Bidzina Ivanishvili - Georgian Dream

Bidzina Ivanishvili`s coalition has been registered by the Central Election Commission - the election bloc has been named Bidzina Ivanishvili - Georgian Dream and it has been given the election number 7. The coalition`s press spokesperson, Maia Panjikidze, announced this information at a briefing yesterday. (Rustavi 2)