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Wednesday, February 11
Luka Kurtanidze to become Parliament Member

Police Academy’s pro-rector Luka Kurtanidze claims that technical issues are currently being solved for his entry into the Parliament.

According to him, he had a telephone conversation with the Prime Minister.

"As you know, the Prime Minister was in Munich. I had a phone conversation with him and then I met with Kakha Kaladze. There were also consultations with Irakli Kobakhidze and yesterday I had a final meeting with Tedo Kobakhidze, with whom I discussed technical and legal issues.

On a positive note, I have been getting messages from my team members claiming that I would strengthen them.

At the moment, technical things, which are necessary for becoming an MP, are being worked out. It will take some time,”- he said.

Luka Kurtanidze is following MP Tamaz Avdaliani on the election list. Accordingly, he must take the MP’s seat in accordance to the list, since Avdaliani died a few days ago due to severe illness. (IPN)

Two students wounded at bus station are in stable condition

Two students of public school # 186, who were wounded at a bus station on Monday, are in a stable condition, doctor Davit Pulariani has said.

The incident took place in Didi Dighomi, in Tbilisi, on Monday.

On February 9, a 16-year –old boy was detained on suspicion of wounding with intent to cause bodily harm. (Frontnews)

Ukraine Patriarch honors Georgian soldiers

The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has honored and praised a group of Georgian soldiers who fought alongside Ukraine as it battled Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Patriarch Filaret awarded honorable orders to 29 Georgian fighters and the wife of Aleksandre Grigolashvili who was killed in Ukraine last month, for loving Ukraine and fighting for its independence.

The Patriarch thanked the Georgian soldiers and said Georgians had already experienced Russia’s aggression that was now being used against Ukraine.

"You have suitably defended your homeland and are now helping us,” Patriarch Filaret said to the Georgian fighters.

He added Ukraine would never forget their heroism.

A number of Georgian fighters volunteered to join the Ukrainian soldiers and fight alongside them against pro-Russian rebels since the separatist regime caused unrest in eastern Ukraine last year.

Since this time at least six Georgian citizens have been killed during the conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine. (

Georgian Prime Minister meets with Hungarian counterpart

The Hungarian PM hosted his Georgian counterpart accompanied by an honor guard. The national anthems of Georgia and Hungary were performed at the official welcoming ceremony.

The main issues of bilateral relations were discussed at the face to face meeting. Special attention was paid to the importance of enhancing economic and trade cooperation between the two countries. The sides discussed the topics on Georgia’s integration with the EU and NATO. The recent progress made by the country was also stressed. Irakli Gharibashvili also emphasized that Georgia is firmly set on the path to the European integration and continues moving towards NATO, which is the Georgian people's choice. He also thanked the Hungarian Prime Minister for the involvement of the Hungarian side in the implementation process of the "substantial package" granted to Georgia at the NATO Wales summit. The two sides discussed the current situation in the occupied territories of Georgia. Viktor Orban reiterated Hungary’s full support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. The Prime Minister of Georgia, together with the governmental delegation, is paying an official visit to Hungary. Within the framework of the visit, Gharibashvili met with the Hungarian government officials and the Parliament Speaker. (

President’s Administration releases list of candidates for post of Chairperson of Supreme Court

The President’s Administration has released a list of candidates for the post of the Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

The list includes David Asatiani; Mamuka Akhvlediani; Irakli Burduli, Merab Gabinashvili, Gocha Gogishvili, Nino Gvenetadze, Eva Gotsiridze, Ana Dolidze, Inga Todria, Avtandil Kakhniashvili, David Koghuashvili; Aleksi Kobaidze, Koba Kobakhidze, Tamar Laliashvili, Gia Mefarishvili, Roin Migriauli, Mamuka Mdinaradze, Nodar Miladze, Levan Murusidze, Murman Kamadadze Zakaria Kutsnashvili, Madona Ghibradze, Shalva Shavgulidze, Mariam Tsiskadze, Marine Tchkonia, Romuli Japaridze, Teimuraz Jorbenadze and Giorgi Jugeli. (Frontnews)