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Friday, January 25 2008, #016 (1532)

Unpopular officials gone but not far in Saakashvili’s new cabinet

Acting prime minister Lado Gurgenidze announced a new cabinet lineup yesterday which slightly redraws ministries and includes some apolitical figures, but keeps many unpopular ministers within the upper echelons of the state. (more)
See profiles of the new cabinet.

Saakashvili speaks of improving foreign relations, election conduct in PACE speech

Mikheil Saakashvili, in a speech to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) yesterday, pledged to bolster Georgia’s fledgling democracy as he seeks to both improve ties with Moscow and continue the country’s bid for NATO membership. (more)

Bird flu fears after Turkey reports cases

Authorities said they are taking preventive measures in Georgia to protect against the spread of bird flu after the deadly H5N1 virus was discovered on the Turkish Black Sea coast. (more)

The Week in Brief

The Week in Ink

Cartoonist V. Shioshvili on Georgia's expanding constitution.

Interview: Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves

The Economist has praised the American-educated President Ilves, who has been in and out of Georgia for more than a decade, as a “suave, savvy and cynical” political heavyweight.

Azerbaijani company to deliver piping for Georgia pipeline

On January 22 an Azerbaijani company signed an agreement with Millennium Challenge Georgia to deliver USD 6.4 million worth of piping and construction materials for rehabilitation work on the North-South natural gas pipeline in Georgia. (more)

Foreign investment in Armenia topped USD 600 million in 2007

Foreign investment in Armenia exceeded USD 600 million in 2007, according to the Armenian Trade Ministry. (more)

The week in Georgian business

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“Shalva Pichkhadze: there’s a danger of growing distrust towards the West!” (more)

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