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Irakli Gharibashvili:
“Important infrastructural projects have been implemented in the Pankisi Gorge.”

On 28 October 2014, Prime Minster of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili, attended the opening of a public centre in Duisi. The Prime Minster talked about the work being carried out in the Pankisi Gorge. According to Mr Gharibashvili, important infrastructural projects have been implemented in the region. Specifically, these include the rehabilitation work of a 5.2-km [...]

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Giga Bukia:
“A total of 11 murders were committed in August 2011 and Rustavi 2 covered only two of them… the same number of murders was committed in August 2014 and the media coverage has been 100%.”

On 23 September 2014, on Rustavi 2’s talk show Archevani, Parliamentary Majority MP, Giga Bukia, made a statement about the criminal situation in Georgia: “A total of 11 murders were committed in August 2011 and Rustavi 2 covered only two of them and only as third or fourth rank news. The same number of murders [...]

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Sergo Ratiani:
“The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia has been holding selections of school principals for two years. Only one candidate has been presented to about 80% of the school boards which means that the boards were not, in fact, given a choice…”

On 2 October 2014, at the plenary session of the Parliament of Georgia, Parliamentary Minority MP, Sergo Ratiani, elaborated upon the issue of the certification process of school principals and stated: “The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia has been holding selections of school principals for two years. Only one candidate has been presented [...]

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Zurab Tkemaladze:
“Georgia is still among the 15 countries rich in biodiversity.”

On 31 October, Secretary of the Georgian Dream Industrial Party faction, Zurab Tkemaladze, presented various legislative bills during the plenary session of the Parliament. The deputy focused upon the biodiversity of the country. According to him: “Georgia is still among the 15 countries rich in biodiversity. There used to be 25 and now only 15 [...]

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Giorgi Kvirikashvili:
“The turnover of enterprises per capita is 12 or 13 times higher in Tbilisi than in the regions.”

On 20 October 2014, Minister of Economy of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, stated on Imedi TV that there is a big difference between the cities and the regions in terms of the turnover of enterprises. Namely, the turnover of enterprises per capita is much higher in cities and in Tbilisi, specifically, than it is in the [...]

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Manana Kobakhidze:
“Court sessions are now public. Over the years, the court system was closed to the media. They were prevented from even entering the yards of the court buildings, let alone recording video footage.”

On 30 September 2014, on Rustavi 2’s talk show Archevani, the Vice Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, Manana Kobakhidze, stated: “It is very important that court sessions are now public. I would like to say that over the years, the court system was closed to the media. They were prevented from even entering the [...]

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Paata Zakareishvili:
“According to the Agenda of the Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union, Georgia is obliged to decriminalise the Law on Occupied Territories.”

On 22 August 2014, in an interview with the Russian edition of the BBC, State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, Paata Zakareishvili, addressed the issue of punishment for entering Georgia’s occupied territories. According to Mr Zakareishvili, an administrative penalty should be set instead of criminal responsibility imposed upon certain persons. During the [...]

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Davit Onoprishvili:
“As the GDP and the economy were increasing during Saakashvili’s rule, Georgia was paradoxically almost the only country in which the unemployment rate was not decreasing and poverty was increasing.”
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