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Tuesday, February 3
Ex-Navy official arrested on multiple charges

A former high-ranking official of the Georgian Navy has been extradited to Georgia after he was arrested by Interpol in Brussels, Belgium.

Viktor Tchelidze, who served as deputy head of the Georgian Navy dislocated in western Georgia’s town of Poti in 2000-2005, repeatedly abused his authority, the Interior Ministry said.

"Tchelidze was found guilty of misappropriation and embezzlement, abuse of authority, fraud and intentional destruction of military property,” the Ministry’s press office said.

The Poti Sea Port is Georgia’s major seaport and harbor off the eastern Black Sea coast.

The Georgian Navy was a branch of the Georgian Defence Ministry armed forces until 2009, when it was merged with the Coast Guard and transferred to the Ministry for Internal Affairs. Before the Russia-Georgia 2008 war over Georgia’s Tskhinvali region, the Georgian Navy consisted of 19 vessels and 531 personnel of which 181 were officers, 200 non-commissioned officers (NCO), 114 conscripts and 36 civilians.

Zurab Adeishvili is in Ukraine

Georgia’s Former Justice Minister Zurab Adeishvili is now in Ukraine, but his appointment to any particular position is not in the works, - member of the parliamentary majority Giorgi Vashadze told InterPressNews.

“He simply participates in consultations, especially those dedicated to the subject of eradicating corruption,”- Vashadze said.

The deputy has rejected mass media claims of Adeishvili threatening a businessmen at the Sheraton hotel in Kiev, stating that such a hotel does not even exist in Kiev.

Zurab Adeishvili was declared wanted by the Georgian government several months ago

Maka Chichua gives birth to a baby boy

Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili’s wife Maka Chichua has given birth to a boy weighing 3.600 kg. The length of newborn Teimuraz Margvelashvili is 51 cm.

This baby is the first child for Giorgi Margvelashvili and Maka Chichua.

Lithuanian Delegation Arrives in Georgia

A delegation of Lithuanian Seimas arrived in Georgia with a two-day visit on Feb.2 early in the morning.

During the visit, the delegation is scheduled to meet the country’s prime minister and president, a source at Georgian parliament said.

The Lithuanian delegation will also hold meetings in the parliament, as well as with the Free Democrats opposition faction.

Georgia’s further integration into EU, as well as the reforms needed for this purpose will be discussed with the Lithuanian delegation.

Opposition summons the government’s economic team to the Parliament

The United National Movement calls for political debates on economic issues in the Parliament. Whether the ministers of the economic team will be summoned to parliament is expected to become clarified the next week.

The National Movement deem it important that competent officials inform lawmakers on the economic situation.

"We demand the political debate on the economic situation in the first session of the week. Also, in general, we have some initiatives in the economic situation. We believe that many issues have accumulated and the Parliament should discuss them and give relevant response to existing challenges" - said Giorgi Vashadze from the "National Movement".

Zurab Tkemaladze did not rule out the possibility of summoning the economic team. MP said that they will organize the meeting to discuss all the important issues.

At the same time, the central bank will tighten the monetary policy to prevent the increase of prices.

Foreign Ministry: Ambassadors Konstantin Kavtaradze and Malkhaz Mikeladze’s terms of office expired

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassadors Konstantin Kavtaradze and Malkhaz Mikeladze’s terms of office have expired and they wish to return to Georgia.

"The four-year term of office has expired for both Ambassadors - Konstantine Kavtaradze and Malkhaz Mikeladze, and as a rule, in such cases, we send an appeal to the President about dismissal.

Sometimes the term is extended for 6 months or 1 year if the Ambassadors want it, but in this case the Ambassadors expressed desire to return to Georgia. This is an ordinary procedure ", - said the Foreign Ministry.

Georgia’s Ambassador to Sweden and Finland Konstantine Kavtaradze and Georgia’s Ambassador to Mexico Malkhaz Mikeladze will leave their posts. The government has already appealed to the President with the above-mentioned proposal.