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Compiled by Tato Gachechiladze
Monday, April 2
Has Ivanishvili’s rating fallen?

A recent survey conducted by the National Democratic Institute found that Georgian Dream leader Bidzina Ivanishvili has surprisingly low support among the Georgian public, Rezonansi informs

According to political analyst Soso Tsiskarishvili, Ivanishvili's popularity has not decreased, as it is difficult to maintain a steady rating for a long period of time.

Analyst Soso TSintsadze believes that Ivanishvili has "lost his initial charm", and that his polling numbers will continue to drop.

“It is difficult to talk about his mistakes, as [they could] be one of his tactics. Everything has its time... He will remain faithful to his own statements, he will cooperate with all political forces, which is actually against today's government,” he said.

Georgian Dream supports Sakevarishvili

Political coalition Georgian Dream has issued a statement in support of resigned Forbes Georgia Editor-in-Chief, Rezo Sakevelashvili.

The former editor says that he left his position because of interference in the editorial independence of the magazine, including censorship from the publishers and violations of the principles of an independent media. Specifically, Sakevarishvili resigned over a dispute with Forbes Georgia's owners caused by an interview with Georgian Dream leader Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Georgian Dream's statement revealed that it believes the magazine's ownership board attempted to "distort reality", and announced that, under the circumstances, it will refuse to cooperate with the Georgian edition in the future.

The publishers maintain that Sakevarishvili was fired.

Forbes, the international publishing and media company, has not experienced a similar scandal in the 10 countries where it produces a local magazine. (Rezonansi)