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19 May. '13
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19 May. Sunday
Amendments to Law on Broadcasting Passed with First Reading
Package of bills envisages reforming public TV’s board and broadcasters' financial transparency.
18 May. Saturday
EaP, Visegrad Group FMs Discuss Upcoming Vilnius Summit
FMs of Ireland and Lithuania, as well as EU foreign policy chief also participated in the meeting.
Dutch FM 'Shocked' Over Violence Against LGBT Activists in Tbilisi
The Dutch govt has summoned the Georgian ambassador to convey its “displeasure”.
Bill Partially Decriminalizing Illegal Entry in Breakaway Regions Passed with First Reading
It took four parliamentary sittings to finally put the bill on vote following drawn-out debates.
17 May. Friday
Saakashvili: 'Govt Should Not Allow Violence'
He suggested govt’s policies contributing to increase in all kinds of violence in the country.
Patriarch Calls for Calm After Orthodox Groups Thwart Gay Rights Rally
Referring to gay rights rally, he said: “It’s something that should not be propagandized.”
Police Criticized for Failure to Prevent Violence
A group of civil society organizations said police showed reluctance to protect gay rights rally.
Ivanishvili Condemns Violence
Perpetrators “will be dealt with according to the law,” PM said in a written statement.
Healthcare Minister: 28 People Injured in Violence
14 of them were hospitalized, according to the healthcare minister.
Hammarberg Appeals to Georgian Church Leader to Intervene to Stop Violence
Hammarberg asked the Patriarch to use his influence to restore order.
Violence Prevails in Aftermath of Thwarted Gay Rights Rally
Public Defender calls on the police to intervene to prevent further violence.
Chaotic Scenes as Orthodox Groups Thwart Gay Rights Rally
Police failed to contain thousands of anti-gay, Orthodox activists.
Planned Gay Rights Rally Faces Large Counter Demonstration
Large groups of Orthodox activists gathered in downtown Tbilisi against gay rights rally.
16 May. Thursday
MoD: Alasania, Hagel Hold Phone Conversation
U.S. Secretary of Defense extended condolences over death of three Georgian troops in Afghanistan.
Georgian Church Calls for Gay Rights Rally Ban
This rally will “violate majority’s rights” and will “insult” Georgian traditions, the Patriarch says.
Bodies of Three Georgian Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Flown Home
National flags on public buildings are flown at half-staff in honor of fallen soldiers.
15 May. Wednesday
Russia's Defense Minister Visits Russian Military Base in Abkhazia
Shoigu was in the breakaway region where he toured military base in Gudauta.
Court Orders Release of Ex-Deputy Interior Minister on Bail
Court rules GEL 5,000 bail for Khvedelidze, charged over privacy breach in connection to leaked sex video.
Saakashvili Visits U.S.
This is his second visit to the United States in less than a month.
14 May. Tuesday
MoD Releases Details on Georgian Troops Wounded in May 13 Helmand Attack
10 out of 27 Georgian soldiers, wounded in the attack, are back on duty, according to MoD.
Ivanishvili on NATO and Ties with Russia
Regaining breakaway regions, joining NATO and being “friends” with Russia all “manageable”, PM said.
PM Comments on Planned Gay Rights Rally
Sexual minorities are equal citizens and society will “gradually get used to it,” Ivanishvili said.
Prosecutor's Office Sets Up Group to Probe into August War
Group at prosecutor office will look into alleged war crimes committing during and after 2005 hostilities.
Sokhumi Suspends Issuing Abkhaz Passports to Ethnic Georgians
One senior official in breakaway region said there was a threat of “Georgianization of Abkhazia.”
13 May. Monday
Three Georgian Troops Killed in Afghanistan
Suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into Georgian troops’ base, MoD said.
Tata Power, Clean Energy Invest and IFC Team Up for Georgia Hydro Projects
Projects have an aggregate capacity of 400MW and an estimated cost of USD 700 million.
Ex-Foreign Minister Zourabichvili Says 'Thinking' over Running for President
If she decides to run for presidency, she may face legal hurdles.
12 May. Sunday
First Deputy Interior Minister Arrested over Leaked Sex Video
"This is my clear message to all the officials at any level," Interior Minister Irakli Garibashvili said.
Saakashvili Comments on GD's Presidential Candidate
He compared naming of Margvelashvili as candidate to Caligula's naming of his horse to the senate.
UNM MPs Hospitalized After Restaurant Fistfight
Police say investigation ongoing into “hooliganism” case.
11 May. Saturday
Margvelashvili Named as GD's Presidential Candidate
Education Minister Giorgi Margvelashvili, 43, will run in October, 2013 presidential election.
GD Picks Presidential Candidate
PM Ivanishvili to announce the candidate today.
GD Leaders Gather to Pick Presidential Candidate
PM Ivanishvili is also expected to meet GD MPs later on Saturday.
Georgian, Turkish Defense Ministers Meet in Istanbul
The meeting was held on a sideline of defense industry fair in Istanbul on May 10.
10 May. Friday
Saakashvili Vetoes Two Bills
One is related to legal status of state universities and another one to Constitutional Court hearing deadlines.
EU Commissioner Comments on Georgia's European Aspiration
Change of government in Georgia has not changed the country’s European aspiration, Füle said.
EBRD Cuts Georgia's Economic Growth Forecast
EBRD predicts Georgia’s economy will grow 3% in 2013, instead of 5% it forecasted in January.
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