The messenger logo

The News in Brief

Tuesday, October 16
Nodar Khaduri to be Minister of Finance

A reliable source has informed InterPressNews that the new Minister of Finance will be Nodar Khaduri. Leader of Georgian Dream, Bidzina Ivanishvili, will name the members of the new cabinet of ministers today. The position for Minister of Economy, Education, Refugees and Accommodation, Environment and Energy remain vacant. Consultations are under way with Mamuka Nikolaishvili on the post of Minister of Energy.

Lavrov comments on Georgia

Moscow will judge the actual plans of a new Georgian government by its concrete moves and its stance on Russia and the South Caucasus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told reporters in Luxembourg after meeting with Catherine Ashton. According to Lavrov, European politicians showed great interest to the position of Russia after the change of government in Georgia. "We have confirmed that we are waiting for the formation of a new government and the fulfillment of obligations," Lavrov said.
(Rustavi 2)

Vano Merabishvili may become Secretary General of UNM

According to the news agency, Vano Merabishvili may be appointed the secretary general of the United National Movement. The website reports that it has been almost decided that the former law enforcement minister will replace the former First Vice Speaker of the Parliament, Mikheil Machavariani on this position.
(Rustavi 2)

UNM complaints about possible pressure on GPB by Georgian Dream

United National Movement speaks about possible pressure placed on the Georgian Public Broadcaster after the parliamentary elections. Akaki Minashvili says the GPB has its mandate and interference in its activities is unacceptable.

"After the parliamentary elections, we heard that there are people who strive for the position of the GPB chairperson and the supervisory board. This is a kind of pressure on the free media. There is a law, there is a supervisory board with its mandate and therefore, everything must happen in the frames of the law. That`s why, the parliamentary elections should not cause changes in the board, neither should it cause the change of the director general," Minashvili said.

Candidate for the parliamentary Chair, Davit Usupashvili, from Georgian Dream coalition, has commented on the complaints of the UNM. Davit Usupashvili said that regardless of any international monitoring or agitation, the media should be unbiased and cover the events impartially.
(Rustavi 2)

MP candidate Beselia speaks about expected amnesty

Poti single-mandate MP candidate from the Georgian Dream coalition, Eka Beselia, spoke about a large-scale amnesty program. Beselia says the project will be prepared through consultations with civil society and human rights organizations after the new parliament assembles. Beselia says the consultations will be transparent and the amnesty itself will very large-scale in comparison with all other amnesties carried out in previous years.
(Rustavi 2)

Nestan Kirtadze to Hold Press conference in Brussels

The President of the Georgian, Abkhazian and Ossetian European international movement, Nestan Kirtadze, will hold a press conference in Brussels. As Kirtadze’s press service informed InterPressNews on 17 October, Professor Nestan Kirtadze’s press conference will be held in Bastion Tower before the European and international press.

The press service reports that Nestan Kirtadze will present to European TV and printing editions, an alternative peace platform recognized and supported by high-level experts in Paris, Berlin and Brussels, which was understood by Moscow and presented to Abkhazian and South Ossetian political leaders. Nestan Kirtadze will assess her activity in international civil diplomacy and will introduce new specific initiatives to the European press, the careful plans of her future activity.

The importance of the 2012 October parliamentary elections will also be discussed during the meeting with the foreign media. Kirtadze will be back in Georgia on October 20.