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Monday, June 9
Mikheil Saakashvili ready to assist the government and the President of Georgia

Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili is ready to assist the Government and the President of Georgia.

“Today Georgia is in unique geopolitical situation and I can help Georgia in protecting international positions. Now, amidst Ukrainian developments, Georgia has a unique chance. We are in the centre of attention. This is because of Ukraine and the danger that has emerged. Helping Georgia in this situation is the most important for me. I am ready to assist the Government and the President of Georgia in using this unique international situation; I have appropriate connections for this”, Mikheil Saakashvili told Georgian journalists in Ukraine on June 7.

Georgian President debates security issues with US Vice President

Ways to develop Georgia’s security were on the agenda when the county’s President met United States Vice President in Ukraine .

Leaders and country representatives from all over the globe gathered in Kiev to celebrate the inauguration ceremony of new president Petro Poroshenko, including Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

After the official ceremony, a presidential reception was held where leaders got the chance to meet others after the ceremony.

One of Margvelashvili’s important meetings was held with US Vice President Joe Biden, where he discussed the current situation in the Caucasus, in particular security issues.

Margvelashvili later pointed out his meeting with Biden was particularly important as the pair spoke about Georgia's security and ways it could advance.

During the reception, President Margvelashvili also met with Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti and discussed the importance of signing the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union (EU).

Scuffle at UNM Office in Zugdidi

Scuffles broke out and stones were thrown after dozens of protesters rallied outside the opposition United National Movement (UNM) party’s local office in the town of Zugdidi in Samegrelo region on June 6.

UNM accused the Georgian Dream of being behind the rally; the ruling coalition denied it and said that although some of its supporters, and not members, could have been among the protesters, the rally was solely related to the case of 2008 disappearance and death of a military intelligence officer.

Paata Kardava, a military intelligence officer in Zugdidi, disappeared on August 27, 2008 and officially he had been regarded as missing until June 5, 2014 when the Interior Ministry announced about solving the case, saying that Kardava was murdered on the same day he disappeared from Zugdidi. A former local security official, Roman Shamatava, was charged with premeditated murder in connection to this case. Shamatava, who according to his lawyer denies charges, is already standing trial into the case related to the 2008 polling day blast in Khurcha. The Interior Ministry said that Shamatava was “accusing Kardava of cooperating with the Abkhaz separatists.”

Special medications become free for pregnant women in Georgia

Special medications, including vitamins and micro-elements, will be provided to pregnant women in Georgia for free - Minister of Health and Social Care of Georgia Davit Sergeenko said the decision is in force from today and throughout Georgia.

According to the Minister, there is a special schedule approved, according to which the specific vitamins, mostly B2 and iron-containing vitamins, will be provided to pregnant women in a definite period of pregnancy and the main indicator of the need to take these medications, will be the low index of hemoglobin in the blood.
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Georgia to create inspectorate for labor protection

Georgia is creating an inspectorate for labor protection, according to Paata Zhorzholiani, Director of the Labor and Employment Policy Department at Georgia's Labor, Health and Social Affairs Ministry.

Zhorzholiani told reporters on June 7 that a special working group is already engaged in creation of the inspectorate.

The group includes representatives from various authorities of the country.

He went on to add that the working group also includes a representative from the International Labor Organization (ILO).

"All countries have a labor inspectorate," Zhorzholiani said. "The country's former government abolished both the labor legislation and the executive structure. Under the new government's decision, the country has already established a service for supervision of working conditions in order to provide safe labor conditions and respect for labor legislation."

Zhorzholiani also added that the new inspectorate will regulate all matters of labor law, including those related to vacations and overtime payment.