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Akaki Minashvili:
“The United National Movement was not given the opportunity to nominate members of the High Council of Justice of Georgia as provided by the Venice Commission Report.”

On 17 September 2014, the Parliament of Georgia discussed the amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of Georgia providing for the postponement of the full enactment of the jury trials system. Parliamentary Minority MP, Akaki Minashvili, stated:  “The United National Movement was not given the opportunity to nominate members of the High Council of Justice [...]

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Zurab Japaridze:
“The amount of cargo transported by Georgian Railway has been decreasing for the last two years.”

On 12 September 2014, member of the United National Movement, Zurab Japaridze, organised a media briefing about the situation at Georgian Railway. Mr Japaridze stated:  “There is a decrease in the cargo transported by Georgian Railway and this has become a trend for the last two years. The total amount of transported cargo from January [...]

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Irakli Gharibashvili:
“With the Government’s support, the minimum price for one kilogram of grapes is one lari. A record price for both Saperavi and Rkatsiteli grapes has been registered.”

On 9 September 2014, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili, attended the opening of a new factory in the village of Velistsikhe in the Kakheti region. The Prime Minister stated:  “With the Government’s support, the minimum price for one kilogram of grapes is one lari. A record price for both Saperavi and Rkatsiteli has [...]

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Giga Bukia:
“Rustavi 2 didn’t even have debates until 2012.”

On 23 September 2014, whilst being a guest on Rustavi 2’s Archevani programme, the Parliamentary Majority MP, Giga Bukia, stated that Rustavi 2 did not host any debates until 2012. FactCheck took interest in Giga Bukia’s statement and verified its accuracy. We contacted the head of Rustavi 2’s news service, Giorgi Laperashvili. He has been working [...]

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Otar Danelia:
Otar Danelia speaks about the substandard apple sale promotion project.

On 5 September 2014, the Government of Georgia approved the substandard apple[1] subsidy project. The Minister of Agriculture made the following statement about this fact:  “The approach is the same as in the case of the grape harvest. If a company purchases substandard apples for 10 tetri, it will get an 8 tetri subsidy from [...]

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Giorgi Gabashvili:
“The data of the National Statistics Office of Georgia not only suggest that the number of employed people has dropped but that the wages of those who are employed have been reduced by 20%.”

On 19 September 2014, during the debates held at the Imedi Channel, Giorgi Gabashvili stated:  “The data of the National Statistics Office of Georgia not only suggest that the number of employed people has dropped but that the wages of those who are employed have been reduced by 20%.” FactCheck took interest in employment statistics [...]

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Irakli Gharibashvili:
“The number of the population living below the poverty line has notably decreased and is practically halved.”

On 19 September 2014, in terms of FactCheck’s Check Your Fact service, our reader, Beso Narmania, addressed us with a request to verify a statement made by the Prime Minister. On 19 September 2014, at the presentation of the 2014 Georgia National Report on the Millennium Development Goals held at the Tbilisi Marriott, the Prime [...]

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Zurab Japaridze:
“According to the 2013 economic forecast of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, the economy should have reached GEL 32 billion in 2014. According to the current forecast, we will be losing GEL 3 billion. We have lost more than USD half a billion in currency reserves from the end of 2013 to the beginning of 2014. You have planned a GEL 1,631 million loan which you are not able to implement.”
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Irakli Gharibashvili:
“In 2013, in 39 villages near the occupation dividing line, the problem of irrigation water was solved, up to 20 clinics were built, roads were rehabilitated, students living in this region got funding for their studies, the gasification process began in March 2014…”
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