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Wednesday, July 21
Prepared by the Messenger Staff

GD officially nominated Kakha Kaladze as Tbilisi mayoral candidate

Georgian Dream has nominated Kakha Kaladze, the incumbent mayor of Tbilisi, for the self-government elections.

Irakli Kobakhidze, the chairman of the party, believes that Kaladze will win the self-government elections. He nominated Kaladze as the next mayor.

"Our party will present to the public the candidate for Tbilisi mayor, the future mayor of Tbilisi. Our present presentation will not be a surprise, but it will be more pleasant than any surprise for the public, Tbilisians, members of our party and supporters ...

"Georgian Dream nominates Kakha Kaladze, the best mayor of Tbilisi of all time, as a candidate for Tbilisi mayor," said Irakli Kobakhidze, chairman of the Georgian Dream.

Kakha Kaladze has been the Secretary General of the Georgian Dream since 2013. From 2012 to 2017, he was the Minister of Energy and Vice Prime Minister of Georgia.

Kaladze took the position of Tbilisi Mayor in the October 21, 2017 self-government elections.

The event was held in Mtatsminda Park amid protests. The rally was held by media representatives and civil activists. Journalists had photos and posters of the deceased cameraman, Lekso Lashkarava, with the caption - ‘Punish the perpetrators’.

Ilia II thanks Kirill: ‘Such steps evoke a sense of gratitude in the population’

Ilia II thanks Russian Patriarch Kirill for the release of Zaza Gakheladze. The letter is published by the Patriarchate, which is dated July 19.

Ilia II notes in the letter that “such steps strengthen our relations and evoke a sense of gratitude in the population.”

“Your Holiness, I greet you with Christian love, respect and wish you health, longevity and further success in your high service.

We would like to express our gratitude to you personally and to all the people who worked for the release of Zaza Gakheladze, which was not an easy task, but thank God, everything ended well and he returned to his family on July 14. Such steps strengthen our relationships and evoke a sense of gratitude in the population. May God grant peace and love to our churches and peoples, Amen,” read the letter.