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Tuesday, March 18 2008, #052 (1568)

Opposition calling for Burjanadze’s resignation

The opposition are increasingly vocal in their calls for the parliamentary speaker to step down, with protestors adding her resignation to their list of demands over the weekend. (more)

Patarkatsishvili ally launches new party

The former head of late Georgian billionaire Badri Patarkatsishvili’s presidential election campaign officially launched a new political party on March 14. (more)

Georgian wine still not good enough for Russia, official says

Russia’s chief consumer products official said last week that Moscow would not be lifting the ban on Georgian wine soon, but that Abkhazian-produced vintages could increasingly make their way north. (more)

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Moscow’s plan for the separatists

The Russian Duma is considering whether to advise Moscow to formally recognize separatist Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The recommendations they’ve concocted so far represent a continuation of the policy of ‘creeping annexation,’ though not the far more combustible step of outright recognition. (more)

Analysts warn against lack of building code

While Georgia enjoys a construction boom, analysts warn that a lack of regulation could allow unsafe buildings. (more)

Nabucco official: pipeline project on track

The Nabucco gas pipeline project is on track, managing director Reinhard Mitchek of Nabucco Pipeline International, the international consortium behind the project, said in an interview with the BBC World Service. (more)

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“Berezovsky to finance NGOs in Georgia” (more)

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