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Friday, June 9
Georgians detained in USA

According to different sources, a group of Georgian nationals was arrested in the USA with the allegations of participating in criminal activities. Details will be followed. (The Messenger)

New South Ossetian Parliament Head Elected

On June 7, the South Ossetian legislature confirmed Piotr Gasiev as the head of the region’s 34-member legislature.

The 45-year old Gasiev, who entered the region’s parliament in 2014, was nominated for the post by the United Ossetia party, which runs a 20-seat majority in the legislature.

21 of 32 attending parliament members endorsed his candidacy. Five votes went to Boris Tasoev, Gasiev’s only rival, while four parliamentarians voted against both candidates and two ballots were recognized as invalid.

Piotr Gasiev (b. 1972, Tskhinvali) previously worked as a journalist for the Russian NTV television channel and Tskhinvali’s local TV station IR.

Gasiev’s election comes less than two weeks after Anatoly Bibilov, the new Tskhinvali leader, filled seven ministerial posts in the region’s 12-member cabinet of ministers on May 25.

Dmitry Medoev, the region’s new foreign affairs minister, served as Tskhinvali’s ambassador to Russia in 2009-2015; Alan Tadtaev, new emergency situations minister, served as the deputy minister since 2014; Zalina Lalieva, new justice minister, worked as a lawyer in the region’s legislature since 2005; Zhanna Zasseeva, new culture minister, served as the president’s adviser since 2005; Gennady Kokoev, new economy minister, held the same post in 2001-2003.

Aza Khabalova and Natali Gasieva, ministers of finance and education also appointed by Tibilov on May 25, have served on their posts since 2012 and 2015, respectively.

No other ministerial appointments have been made yet, with acting heads running the rest of the ministries as of June 7. (

Parliament’s consent to be no longer necessary in case of military condition, natural disaster or epidemics

The Prime Minister will make a decision in case of military situation, natural disaster or epidemic diseases and parliament’s consent will no longer be necessary.

The amendments planned to be made to Georgia’s constitution encompass all this. According to Speaker Kobakhidze, military forces are used every day during wartime, and it is impossible for the PM to present a request on using troops to Parliament every day.

As for using military forces to cope with natural disasters and epidemic diseases, Irakli Kobakhidze said that constitutional requirements were violated in 2015 during the Tbilisi flood, as military forces were slow to mobilise to deal with the catastrophe. (IPN)

Rescuers rendered help to 20 citizens

Rescuers of the Emergency Situations Management Agency have rendered help to 20 citizens over the course of a rescue operation in the village of Mleta.

During the celebration of Lomisoba, pilgrims from different parts of Georgia were injured when they descended from the heights due to bad weather and difficult terrain.

Rescuers helped the pilgrims, who had various types of injuries, in descending the mountain, and they then received first aid on the ground with some being transferred to hospital via ambulances. At this moment, the health condition of the affected people is satisfactory, with no serious injuries or illnesses reported.

In order to prevent any accidents, 65 rescuers are deployed in Mleta village in connection with the Lomisoba celebrations. They will stay until late at night to render help to those who need it. (

,b>EU supports Farmer’s day in the village Geguti, Tskaltubo municipality

With the support of the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural development (ENPARD), in the scope of the project “Enhancing Small Farmers’ Cooperation and Productivity in Imereti and Racha Regions” farmer’s day will be held in Bagdati Municipality, Imereti. The event is organized by the member of the ENPARD programme implementing consortium and the partner of People in Need, biological farming association “ELKANA”.

Farmer’s Day will take place on 8 June 2017, 12:00AM, at the fund “Abkhazinterkont” farm in the village Geguti, Tskaltubo municipality, Imereti.

The Farmer’s Day aims to demonstrate and share to cooperative members and other interested parties the results of innovations in a strawberry field, achievements and experience in product processing, sorting and packaging.

Lali Goginava – the expert of the fruit/berry field will be invited at the farmer’s day.

Representatives of Regional Information and Consultation Center of Imereti will participate in the event.

The farmer’s day is open to all interested parties.

The project “Enhancing Small Farmers’ Cooperation and Productivity in Imereti and Racha Regions” is supported by the European Union through its ENPARD programme. The project is being implemented by the People in Need in partnership with Biological Farming Association Elkana and Association of Young Economists of Georgia (AYEG). (Enpard)