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Monday, August 27
New State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration Appointed

Tornike Gordadze, who has served as deputy foreign minister for the past two-years, was appointed as the new State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration.

Gordadze has replaced Giorgi Baramidze, who is running as the ruling party's majoratarian candidate for MP in Batumi. Gordadze, who was the director of Caucasus Studies at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies, joined the government in June, 2010 when he was appointed as Deputy Foreign Minister in charge of EU relations. (

Bidzina Ivanishvili: MPs will be recalled if they don’t keep promises

Leader of the Kartuli Otsneba (Georgian Dream) coalition, Bidzina Ivanishvili, met with the Lentekhi population recently and stated that with regard to state appropriated funds, "you’ll determine via the self-government selected by you, where and how to spend the money. This will concern the region. If any MP that you chose doesn’t act as you ordered, you’ll have the right to recall the MP. We’ll have the law to recall the MPs from the regions if they don’t keep their promises,” Ivanishvili said, adding that by strengthening the local government, “we should learn to run the central government.” Ivanishvili explained that people should acknowledge that their country belongs to them and not to one man. He said that the first priority should be restoring justice.

“The total injustice in the country today should be left in the past. This should be done fast. The government wishing justice in the country doesn’t need big investments, it needs big finances, and it needs desire and principle. We promise you, when we come to power, we’ll restore the balance very soon and we’ll restore justice in the country,” Ivanishvili said. (IPN)

President surveys infrastructural projects carried out in Sairme

The President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili surveyed infrastructural project carried out in Sairme and spoke to the holiday goers there. He underscored the development of the tourist zones in Georgia. He said that Borjomi, Akhaltsikhe, Abastumani, Tskaltubo, Sulori, Shaori, Shovi and Utsera in Racha are being rehabilitated. The president noted that all of these resorts should be available to the local population. (Interpressnews)

Georgian Dream rejects CDM candidate

Majoritarian MP Candidate from the Christian Democratic Party, Inga Grigolia, has been rejected in her bid to cooperate in the Gldani constituency run by the Georgian Dream Coalition. In the live debates broadcast on Rustavi2 Friday, Inga Grigolia asked Georgian Dream leaders to remove their candidate in the Gldani district and thus support her in order to defeat the opponent from the ruling party Niko Khachirashvili. Grigolia asserts her ratings are so high that she believes in victory. Press speaker of the Georgian Dream, Maia Panjikidze responded to the idea of Inga Grigolia yesterday with a refusal. She said the coalition had its candidate in every constituency, in every district and they did not intend to remove any of them, as they are sure to win these elections. (Rustavi 2)

New contest announced for village development projects

How to Develop a Village - the Agency for Developing State Services has announced a new contest aimed at revealing a project for village development. The ideas should mostly refer to the improvement of the agriculture sector and the living conditions for the people residing in villages. The winner's will turn into reality and will be adopted in various villages throughout Georgia. Any person willing to participate in the contest should submit their projects at the public service halls or service centers until September 25, 2012. The winner of the contest will be announced on October 15. (Rustavi 2)

Kakheti Governor Resigns to Run for MP Seat

Giorgi Gviniashvili, governor of the Kakheti region in eastern Georgia, has resigned to make a run as the ruling United National Movement’s majoritarian MP candidate in the Gurjaani single-mandate constituency in the October 1 parliamentary elections. Gviniashvili has run once before as the ruling party’s majoritarian MP candidate in Gurjaani, winning over 72% of votes in the 2008 parliamentary elections. Several months later, however, he quit the Parliament after President Saakashvili appointed him as Kakheti's governor in September, 2008.

Apart from Gviniashvili, so far there are three other candidates for the Gurjaani single-mandate constituency, nominated by the Georgian Dream, New Rights and Free Georgia. (