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Tuesday, February 5
Bidzina Ivanishvili to present a report about his government’s efforts for the last 100 days

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili will present a report about the efforts of his government for the last 100 days today. “It will be a very interesting presentation, he will talk about the goals achieved during this period," said Human Rights Committee Chairperson Eka Beselia. She said the past 100 days had very important results. “The population will see that these days were very important from the point view of the results, though we have everything still ahead,” Beselia said.

Interior Ministry maintains low crime rate despite the unprecedented scale of the amnesty - Irakli Gharibashvili

"Despite the unprecedented pardons and amnesty, the crime rate is very low and the ministry continues to work in this direction," Interior Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said at the presentation of the MIA’s short-term development strategy on Monday. The minister said that MIA is a security guarantee and it will not allow public disorder. He also added that MIA’s short-term development project is a very important document, which includes recommendations from Western friends.

“Last week, during my visit to Washington, I presented this strategy to our US partners. They supported it and promised support in its implementation. Now I want to thank them on behalf of the ministry," Gharibashvili said.

The main priorities of the interior ministry’s development strategy are system de-politicization, the protection of human rights, restructuring, transparency and anti-discrimination policy.

Some NGOs protest against Russian experts’ visit to Tbilisi

Some NGOs are protesting the visit of Russian experts to Tbilisi. They have gathered in front of the Ambassadori hotel. The Russian experts are participating in a conference organized by the International Research Centre for Conflict and Negotiation where the Russian experts presented reports on ‘Georgia after the 2012 elections and perspectives of the Russia-Georgia relationship’.

Minority MP prepared to answer investigation`s questions at parliament

Minority MP Giorgi Ghviniashvili refuses to go to the prosecutor`s office for interrogation, though he is prepared to answer any question of the investigation at parliament. He was summoned to the prosecutor`s office twice, reportedly, regarding the case of the murder of Buta Robakidze. The Didube-Chughureti police department, where the murder was committed, investigated the murder of Buta Robakidze together with the Tbilisi prosecutor`s office, when the latter was chaired by Giorgi Gviniashvili. Robakidze was shot by a patrol police officer in November 2004; the police initially claimed that Robakidze and his companions were dangerous, armed individuals and that the policemen acted in self-defense.
(Rustavi 2)

Georgian Dream member holds hunger strike at party`s central office

Aleksandre Beridze, who is the head of the Rustavi organization of the Georgian Dream Party, has been on hunger strike outside the party`s central office since yesterday. Beridze says he has never been a member of the United National Movement, as his party leaders have announced, and he was just a victim of slander. The members of the same regional organization were with him last night to support the protestor. They are all demanding clarification of the details of the scandal, for which they were accused of being the spies of the UNM seeded in the GD prior to the elections, however, they say nobody has met with them yet.

Other activists of the Georgian Dream were rallying in Rustavi for two hours demanding a public apology from Davit Saganelidze and meeting with Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Davit Saganelidze is the leader of the parliamentary majority, who said after the disrupted founding session of a regional branch of the GD, that the people who organized the riot in Abasha were members of the United National Movement.
(Rustavi 2)

German company Pfeiffer to open a factory in Abkhazia

The German company Pfeiffer is going to open a factory in Abkhazia, Manfred Pfeiffer was quoted as saying by the spokesperson for Abkhazia’s Foreign Ministry.

According to him, the German businessman was hosted by Abkhazia’s so-called foreign minister and discussed the economic situation and investment environment in the region.

“Pfeiffer talked about his plan regarding the opening of a high-quality food factory in Abkhazia,” the spokesperson said.

FITUR 2013

The Georgian National Tourism Administration is participating at FITUR 2013 which is the International Tourism Trade Fair, taking place in Madrid, Spain from 30th of January through the 3rd of February. The Georgian National Tourism Administration was presented at FITUR 2013 with national private sector representatives. Visit us at booth ¹ 4E03 to explore more about Georgia.