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Wednesday, January 11
Will Ivanishvili establish a party in the near future?

Rezonansi writes that Leader of the Free Democrats and close ally of Georgian tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili, Irakli Alasania has said that Ivanishvili will establish his political party in the near future, in February. However currently Ivanishvili does not have Georgian citizenship and the only way to gain it is for Saakashvili to personally grant it to him.

Giorgi Tsagareishvili, Free Democrats MP, said that Saakashvili has found himself in a comical situation of depriving Ivanishvili of Georgian citizenship yet at the same time expressing his hope that the authorities will grant him citizenship. “I still think that Saakashvili will be obliged to grant Ivanishvili Georgian citizenship. I have been a member of parliament for eight years and I have never seen so many mistakes made by the authorities as have been made in the past few weeks,” Tsagareishvili said.

President’s gift to dance company

By the initiative of the President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili, Batumi Georgian Dance Company “Khorumi” will be travelling to Malta. 65 members of the Batumi Dance Company who are students of Batumi public schools will take an intensive English language course in the framework of the MES educational programme, 24 Hours reports.

The President of Georgia presented his New Year gift to the members of the dance company, which he has been supporting since 2004. The dance company, having had no training facility back in 2004, now has its own dance studio. The Government of Batumi takes care of the costumes for the dance company. On top of that the company members are presented with the opportunity to stage concerts abroad at least three times a year.

English volunteer teachers in the framework of the TLG project are also working with members of Dance Company “Khorumi”. Adjarian students will have the opportunity to enhance their English language knowledge and get acquainted with other countries’ traditions and cultures.