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Thursday, October 16
Tbilisi population to be provided with communal vouchers this year

Tbilisi City Hall will provide Tbilisi’s population with communal vouchers this year. As InterPressNews has been informed by the City Hall press-service, the amount of money allocated is unknown at this time.

According to them, social vouchers will be distributed in November-December.

Head of the City Hall Social Service Agency Gela Chiviashvili says that vouchers will be improved this year.

‘’Vouchers will be issued by means of improved administrative resources,’’- Chiviashvili said.

Tbilisi City Hall provided subscribers registered in Tbilisi with 100-GEL vouchers last year. 20 GEL was allocated for each family during 5 months and socially vulnerable families received 250-GEL vouchers. (IPN)

IDPs shelter damaged by fire in Tbilisi1

A shelter of IDPs has been damaged by a fire in Tbilisi.

There are no reports of any injuries, and the fire has already been extinguished.

Firefighters remain on scene as they investigate the possible causes of the blaze. (Frontnews)

Two Georgians detained in Abkhazia

Two Georgian citizens have been illegally detained in breakaway Abkhazia’s Gali district, says Georgia’s Interior Ministry.

The Agency said the two young men, west Georgia residents Zaur Shvangiradze and Levan Bughashvili were detained in Gali several days ago. The men were currently in a remand centre in Sokhumi in Abkhazia’s capital city.

The Interior Ministry said the men were illegally detained by Abkhazia’s de-facto government.

The Ministry informed the European Union’s Monitoring Mission in Georgia about unlawful detention.

Shvangiradze and Bughashvili allegedly went to Abkhazia to pick nuts. The men’s families found out about the pair’s detention a few days ago. Until it was confirmed Shvangiradze and Bughashvili had been detained, their families did not know of their whereabouts.

Abkhazia is one of Georgia’s two Russian-occupied regions. (

CoE Congress of Local and Regional Authorities praise elections in Georgia

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe approved the resolution on the municipal elections in Georgia held on June 15.

The resolution was approved with 61 votes for and one vote against.

The resolution says the Congress welcomes the fact that despite the tense pre-election environment, overall, the elections were held in a calm atmosphere. The congress expressed satisfaction with the fact that the election environment has improved in the country compared to the previous elections.

It also praises Georgia’s efforts to prevent falsification in the election process with the help of a new voter identification system. (

Tsulukiani: Alasania will not move towards independence until 2016

According to Minister of Justice, Tea Tsulukiani, Irakli Alasania will not run independently till 2016.

As Tsulukiani stated on Rustavi 2 TV program Archevani, all parties in Georgian Dream will re-assess their plans after 2016. ‘’I do not suppose Irakli Alasania will start to struggle independently till 2016. I do not like the idea of dissolving the coalition. If Georgian Dream stays in power after 2016, probably all will re-assess their plans. I confess, it’s hard for me to imagine the year of 2017, but I, as a Minister, suppose that unity of Georgian Dream will not be under threat till the next election,’’- Tsulukiani said.

As per her, no party can be as strong independently as in the coalition regime. (IPN)