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Zurab Japaridze:
“The government, this bureaucracy that currently governs, costs GEL 138 million more to the taxpayers whilst already in the first six months of this year, it has cost GEL 130 million more… Next year, the bureaucratic expenditures will be more by GEL 323 million as compared to 2012.”

On 30 September, as a guest of the TV programme, Archevani, Zurab Japaridze spoke about the increased governmental expenditures. The deputy noted that governmental expenditures increased by GEL 138 million last year and by GEL 130 million in the first six months of this year. In addition, according to Mr Japaridze, next year’s governmental costs [...]

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Giorgi Kvirikashvili:
“We have made a significant progress in different fields of the economy this year: the economy is growing, trade has grown by 12% and we have a noticeable growth in exports for the first time in recent years.”

On 30 September 2014, Giorgi Kvirikashvili talked about the positive changes in the economy. He focused upon the 12% growth in foreign trade and also referred to a high level of growth in exports in the current year. FactCheck took interest in this statement and verified its accuracy. According to the data of the National [...]

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Nodar Khaduri:
“None of the Ministers has replaced [his or her] car (since 1 October 2012).”

On 10 September 2014, the Minister of Finance of Georgia, Nodar Khaduri, told reporters that Members of the Cabinet of Ministers have not replaced their service cars since 1 October 2012. In addition, he commented upon the research carried out by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) on the bonuses awarded at [...]

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Zurab Japaridze:
“The number of visitors [to Georgia] decreased for the first time this year.”

On 30 September 2014, as a guest of Rustavi 2’s Archevani programme, Zurab Japaridze stated:  “The number of visitors [to Georgia] decreased for the first time this year.” FactCheck took interest in this statement and verified its accuracy. According to the data of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, a total of 4,187,595 people visited [...]

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Dimitri Khundadze:
“There is no European country with such a liberal attitude towards illegal abortions… There is a minimum of one year of imprisonment everywhere.”

The sanctions are being tightened on illegal abortions as the amendments in the Criminal Code of Georgia enter into force on 20 October 2014. On 17 September 2014, the Parliament reviewed the bill with the second hearing on amendments in the Criminal Code of Georgia. During the review, one of the authors of the bill [...]

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Zurab Japaridze:
“Surveys show that for the first time in many years public confidence in the police has fallen.”

On 26 September 2014, on Imedi Channel’s Reaction, the United National Movement MP, Zurab Japaridze, stated:  “Surveys show that for the first time in many years public confidence in the police has fallen.” FactCheck took interest in this statement and verified its accuracy. The International Republican Institute (IRI) surveys public confidence in institutions in terms [...]

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Pavle Kublashvili:
“The processes, which took place from 1 August to 7 September, are evaluated in the statement of the non-governmental organisations. It concerns the purge, carried out by City Hall, during which 155 people were dismissed with 115 of them being let go because of their own personal statements.”

On 1 October 2014, member of the Parliamentary Minority, Pavle Kublashvili, spoke about the employees who were dismissed from City Hall from 1 August to 7 September. According to Mr Kublashvili, the non-governmental organisations Transparency International (TI), the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) and the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) express their [...]

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Nodar Khaduri:
“TBC Bank didn’t attract foreign direct investment but portfolio investment, instead. In total, the volume of foreign investments, both direct and portfolio, has increased by 20%.”
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