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Dimitri Lortkipanidze:
“Every year, up to 80,000 people leave the country for abroad without coming back.”

Debates among Tbilisi mayoral candidates were held on TV3 on 29 May 2014. Dimitri Lortkipanidze, Tbilisi mayoral candidate from the Nino Burjanadze-United Opposition party, stated the following: “Every year, up to 80,000 people leave the country for abroad without coming back.” FactCheck took interest in this issue and verified Dimitri Lortkipanidze’s statement. FactCheck requested relevant [...]

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Zurab Melikishvili:
“No matter what name you give it, Lazika or Anaklia, this project is suspended today.”

Zurab Melikishvili, MP from the United National Movement, criticised the government for suspending large infrastructural projects at the plenary session held on 30 April 2014. The MP from the Parliamentary Minority referred to the Parliamentary Majority: ”No matter what name you call it Lazika or Anaklia, this project is suspended today. Despite the small scale, [...]

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Davit Narmania:
”I won my district (Saburtalo District, #1 Precinct). I received approximately 50% of the votes in this precinct. Mr Nika Melia completely lost his district-Precinct #6 of the Mtatsminda District.”

Debates among Tbilisi mayoral candidates were held at the Sheraton hotel on 9 July 2014. Davit Narmania and Nika Melia, candidates participating in the second round of Tbilisi’s mayoral elections, were debating against each other. According to Davit Narmania, he received approximately 50% of the votes in his precinct (Precinct #1 of the Saburtalo District). [...]

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Davit Narmania:
“The government of the capital city should have solved the street problem a long time ago. They should have announced tenders and rehabilitated the streets but, unfortunately, we cannot see this.”

Davit Narmania, Tbilisi mayoral candidate, touched upon the issue of Tbilisi’s streets in his interview with the Public Broadcaster on 5 May 2014 and stated the following: ”The government of the capital city has been engaged in a deliberate sabotage regarding the street issue. They should have solved the street problem a long time ago [...]

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Nika Melia:
“This year, 100 new, environmentally friendly buses adapted for disabled people were not provided due to the fact that City Council did not allocate the required amount of money.”

Nika Melia, Tbilisi mayoral candidate from the United National Movement, organised a meeting with bus drivers on 5 May 2014. He talked about the necessity of renewing municipal buses in the capital city. Melia stated the following: “New buses should have been put into operation this year. Tbilisi City Hall announced a tender for purchasing [...]

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Nika Melia:
“This [Panorama Tbilisi] project had not even been announced and Sololaki Ridge was already being excavated.”

Nika Melia, Tbilisi mayoral candidate from the United National Movement, stated on 15 May 2014 that Sololaki Ridge was being excavated even before the announcement of the Panorama Tbilisi project. FactCheck took interest in Nika Melia’s statement and sought to verify its accuracy. The Georgia Co-Investment Fund presented its approved investment projects on 25 March [...]

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Kakha Kaladze:
“We remember very well what kind of reports were published during the previous Parliamentary elections. We remember the rating of the Georgian Dream was 12% while, in fact, it had reached 65%. It is interesting that Mr Navarro has just now recalled the illegal eavesdropping. He has not made any statements about this issue for the last nine years.”

Prior to a Government meeting on 8 May 2014 Vice Prime Minister, Kakha Kaladze, stated that he calls into question the objectivity of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) reports: “We remember very well what kind of reports were published during the previous Parliamentary elections. We remember well when the United National Movement was in the [...]

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Irakli Gharibashvili:
”We should finish the topic of bonuses… the salary of Ministers was equal to GEL 6,300 in the previous year. I decreased it by GEL 1,300 in January and now they have a minimum salary of GEL 5,000. Ministers have neither any salary supplement nor any other bonuses.”
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Davit Narmania:
“It is important that we establish order in terms of city development and elaborate a construction plan for the capital city. There has only been one plan and a few changes have been made to it.”
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Irakli Gharibashvili:
“As for those opposition parties which have an ambition for second place, I have the United National Movement in mind, just 6.1% of their majoritarian candidates were able to succeed. This is what we are talking about. Their actual rating is 6%.”
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Irakli Gharibashvili:
“Our government has allocated GEL 400 of aid for each veteran for the 69th anniversary [of the Great Patriotic War] and GEL 200 for each family which lost its breadwinner. You are aware that the state has launched a health-care programme which includes a 100% package for veterans.”
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Levan Izoria:
”Since 2004, officers, who worked at the Fire Safety Office had no longer been considered as employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and had not been enjoying the benefits provided by the social security system for its employees. We will restore this for them.”
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Chiora Taktakishvili:
“According to these changes [about the Public Broadcaster], a new Monitoring Council will be established but the functions of this Council are advisory in nature. The Law on [the Public] Broadcaster already provided for the existence of the Advisory Council and Community Councils.”
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