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Tuesday, December 25
Bidzina Ivanishvili: Georgia has and will have a democratic government

In an interview with Kviris Palitra Prime Minister Bidizna Ivanishvili said a lot of questions remain unanswered. He said that he is trying to study all these issues well and explain to the partnering countries that Georgia has a public government oriented on people’s interests. “There are many projects that are harmful for Georgia. However, they may be commercially profitable for particular groups of people,” Ivanishvili said. The PM believes that the former government is guilty of making poor decisions. “The public will learn everything gradually. Ivanishvili said the government needs to know their job very well, however it needs time. “The majority of ministers will keep their positions. 2 or 3 ministers may change but this is normal,” he told Kviris Palitra and added that after six months, the new government will manage to prove their skills in a better way. “I want my country to be successful. This is why I have joined politics,” said PM.

UNM protests against detentions

The recent detentions of former state officials were followed by protest rallies from the UNM and their supporters, UNM MPs even left parliament sessions and moved to “a different format” of their activities.

PM Bidzina Ivanishvili recently commented that the General Director of Rustavi 2 Nika Gvaramia had better not be detained.

Mteli Kvira newspaper asked public figures what they think about the court's decision to release former state officials on bail.

Philologist Levan Gvinjilia said it is a common practice in Georgia to release people on bail. He thinks if a person cooperates with the investigation, bail can be a good alternative to detention because pre-trial detention facilities are not ideal in the country. “I think the PM’s statement emphasizes that the government does not aim at using repressive methods,” Gvinjilia said, adding that everyone who is guilty should pay for their faults whether he is a president or an ordinary citizen.

Political analyst Nika Chitadze does not think that the government is making consensus. He thinks these people are all victims as they had to pay 30, 000 GEL bail for nothing.

Film Director Merab Kokochashvili found it difficult to talk about the issue without knowing the details. “These people can be considered as heroes now. It is not good if the Prosecutor’s Office was wrong and these people were detained for nothing,” he said.