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Thursday, July 5
Georgian President congratulated the US on Independence Day

The President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili congratulated the US on Independence Day, which is celebrated on July 4.

Margvelashvili sent an official congratulatory letter to the President of the United States, Donald Trump, expressing gratitude for the US support for Georgia’s democratic development, sovereignty, territorial integrity, European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. The letter reaffirms Georgia's strong partnership with the United States.

“The US has always been beacon of freedom and liberty for other nations as well as the main pillar for peace and stability worldwide. Considering such turbulent and changeable environment, I remain confident that under your leadership, the United States will successfully go through the existing challenges and achieve new heights for its prosperous development. Our historical friendship is irreversible, our nations jointly go through various challenges firmly standing together to protect common welfare and security. We are grateful and highly appreciate the US support rendered to strengthening our country`s statehood, democratic development, unwavering stance of Georgia`s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as our European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. I am confident that through our joint efforts, Georgian-American friendship and strategic partnership will further enhance and become ever stronger in the years to come” the official congratulatory letter reads.

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

NGOs Demand Changes in Rules for Selecting a Chief Prosecutor

The Georgian NGOs united within the Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary and demanded the suspension of the selection process of the new chief prosecutor of Georgia , as they disapprove the current rules on choosing the chairperson of the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of the country.

The NGOs believe that new rules should ensure more transparency in the selection procedures and distancing the justice minister from the process.

The NGOs say that if the justice minister gets involved in the selection process, the appointed individual may become subjective and privilege the government.

The chief prosecutor’s post became vacant after the resignation of Irakli Shotadze on May 31.

Shotadze was the first chief prosecutor of Georgia approved by parliament.
(By Mariam Chanishvili)