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Tuesday, June 17 2008, #112 (1628)

Labor Party to renounce MP status, opposition coalition ponders next move

Four Labor Party members will renounce their MP status, party representatives said yesterday. (more)

Former prosecutor general says crime on the up

Last week former prosecutor general Gia Meparishvili said that crime has risen significantly in recent years while the percentage of cases being solved is decreasing. An Interior Ministry spokesman dismissed his comments however, putting an apparent rise in the crime rate down to inaccurate data before 2006. (more)

Environment Minister assures villagers no radiation threat

Yesterday Environment Minister Irakli Ghvaladze visited Adigeni district, in Samtskhe-Javakheti province, seeking to calm a health scare over what locals say are dangerously high radiation levels. (more)

The News in Brief

AWOL peacekeeper found (more)

The unsure future of the United Opposition

After the Christian Democrats struck an agreement with the ruling party that will see them take up their seats in parliament, while a hardcore of other opposition MPs-elect have renounced their MP status—the eight-party United Opposition finds itself pondering the future. (more)

Poll: Saakashvili most influential person in Georgia

President Mikheil Saakashvili is the most influential person in Georgia, according to an informal poll conducted by the newspaper Kviris Palitra. (more)

Georgia’s water pollution

Georgia has a significant water pollution problem, according to the environmental NGO Green Alternative. (more)

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