Georgia

    • US, EU express solidarity with protesters in Georgia

      US, EU express solidarity with protesters in Georgia

      The United States and European Union expressed solidarity on Monday with Georgia’s anti-government protesters who took to the streets after the ruling party backtracked on promises of electoral reforms, news wires reported. In the biggest anti-government protest in years, more than 20,000 demonstrators rallied on Sunday outside the parliament building in the capital Tbilisi urging the government to resign and calling for new legislative elections.

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    • EU condemns Russia’s flight ban on Georgia

      EU condemns Russia’s flight ban on Georgia

      The European Union stated on 3 July that it considers the Russian decision to ban flights to Georgia as of 8 July “unjustified and disproportionate”. Bloc's statement comes a week President Vladimir Putin‘s temporary suspended Georgian airlines from flying to Russia amid rising tensions between the two nations.

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    • Georgia's ruling party announces sweeping electoral reform

      Georgia's ruling party announces sweeping electoral reform

      The leader of Georgia's ruling party says the ex-Soviet nation will hold the next parliamentary election based entirely on a proportionate system, fulfilling a key demand of anti-government protesters, news wires reported. Bidzina Ivanishvili, the founder of the Georgian Dream party, on Monday announced a "large-scale political reform". There will also be no threshold for parties to enter parliament, he said.

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    • Russian flights to Georgia halted

      Russian flights to Georgia halted

      President Vladimir Putin has temporarily banned Georgian airlines from flying to Russia after anti-Russian protests flared in the former Soviet republic, rising tensions between the two countries. They were ignited on Thursday by the appearance of a Russian MP in the Georgia's parliament. According to the Friday decree, the flight ban will go in effect from 8 July and it would be accompanied by a repatriation of Russian citizens temporarily living in Georgia.

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    • Georgia elects its first woman president

      Georgia elects its first woman president

      Preliminary results show former Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili defeated Grigol Vashadze by 59.5% to 40.5% in Wednesday’s presidential runoff, Georgia’s Central Election Commission reported on its website. Notably, now she will become the first woman to be elected as president in any former Soviet republic outside the Baltic states. 

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    • Georgia picks president today

      Georgia picks president today

      Georgians started to vote for a president on Sunday in an election with two former foreign ministers as the frontrunners, including a former French career diplomat who could become the first female leader of an ex-Soviet state outside the Baltics. Over 3,600 polling stations opened at 08:00 local time and the voting is due to last until 20:00. Results are expected late on Sunday. Should the vote go to a runoff, a second round will be held before December 1.

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