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Wednesday, January 18
PM to Visit Spain, Switzerland

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will visit Spain and Switzerland on January 17-21, the PM’s office reported.

During his working visit, PM Kvirikashvili will meet his Spanish counterpart, Mariano Rajoy and King Felipe VI.

The Georgian Prime Minister will also hold talks with Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and participate in the International Tourism Trade Fair, where he will view the Georgian exhibition space.

In November, Georgia named Zurab Pololikashvili, ambassador to Spain and permanent representative to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), for the position of the organization’s secretary general.

From Spain, the Georgian delegation led by the Prime Minister and including Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and Economy Minister Giorgi Gakharia will leave for Davos, to participate in the annual World Economic Forum on January 17-20.

“On the sidelines of the forum, the Georgian Prime Minister will meet the representatives of the world’s economic circles,” according to the PM’s office. “Top level bilateral political meetings are also planned as part of the working visit.” (

Republican Party presents legislation to combat violence against women

In the former Soviet republic Georgia, the Republican Party has proposed legislation that will make femicide a separate crime – a gender-based hate crime which is causing alarm in the country.

The Republicans, a party formed by Soviet dissenters in the 1970s, explained the proposal in a statement as a response to an increased number of murders of women and girls on account of their gender.

“The aim of the proposed amendments is to protect women’s right in Georgia and ensure the equality of men and women. We want the law to recognize a murder of a woman which is conditioned by sexism, or a desire to take possession over the woman, or a proprietary attitude toward her, as an especially grave crime,” the statement reads.

The year of 2017 has only just begun, but already one woman has been killed by her ex-husband in Tbilisi. Another woman was thrown from the second floor of a building and hospitalized with severe injuries.

Violence against women at the hands of former or current spouses is a challenge for the country’s law enforcement authorities.

The Public Defender highlighted that the reality of violence against women and domestic violence is “very grim” throughout the country. Based on the number of restraining orders issued in 2015, there were around 3,000 cases of domestic violence.

According to data from the Chief Prosecutor’s Office, 28 cases of murder and attempted murder of women were reported in 2015. Out of these, 16 cases were domestic violence. The majority of the crimes were committed by partners, former partners or by a person who had been denied partner relations. (DF watch)

Rules of Parliament obliges minister to answer MPs’ question on Gazprom

Members of the government are authorized, while in case of the request they are obliged, to attend a faction session and answer the questions raised there.

The abovementioned is envisaged in the Rules of Procedures of the Parliament of Georgia, on the basis of which, the parliamentary minority summoned Energy Minister Kakhi Kaladze to a joint session of the minority factions.

As the Parliament Vice-Speaker Sergo Ratiani said at the bureau session, they have already submitted a letter the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze.

The parliamentary minority wants detailed information about the Gazporm issue from Kakha Kaladze. (IPN)

Olympic champion Lasha Talakhadze in running for top lifter award

Georgia’s Olympic champion Lasha Talakhadze is in the running to be named Weightlifter of the Year via an online fan survey.

Organised by the International Weightlifting Federation, the poll was announced on January 13 and will run through January 31.

Talakhadze is among six nominees up for voting on the federation’s official website. (