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The News in Brief

Wednesday, February 24
Prepared by Liza Norwich-Gerwik

President Zourabischvili meet with US, France, Germany ambassadors
President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili met with the ambassadors of France, Germany and the US. Information regarding the meeting was published by the Presidential Administration noting that the parties gathered to discuss the current political situation and a way out of it.

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan; The Ambassador of France, Diego Colas, and the Ambassador of Germany, Hubert Knirsch met the president to discuss the preceding events of the arrest of the new leader of the UNM opposition party Nika Melia. He was detained by the police forces in the office of the United National Movement today, February 23.

The Tbilisi City Court ordered the Ministry of Internal Affairs to detain Nika Melia on February 17.

Police arrived at the UNM office shortly after parliament approved the appointment of Irakli Gharibashvili as Prime Minister. Gharibashvili stated that the Law should be enforced and the constitutional order restored quickly.

Opposition to hold ‘March for Freedom’ on February 26

Khatia Dekanoidze, a member of the United National Movement, introduced the nearest plan of the opposition to the people gathered on Rustaveli Avenue. The procession is planned in Tbilisi on February 26, at 15:00, which will start from the Tbilisi Concert Hall building. It is dedicated to the Russian occupation, “against Rodionovs and Gavrilovs.”

“The march will take place for freedom. It is a symbolic year of the 100th anniversary of the occupation of our country. It is symbolic that the Bolsheviks have started governing our homeland again,” Dekanoidze said.

After Melia’s arrest, the opposition parties held a rally in front of the government chancellery and then moved to the parliament.

The opposition and its supporters are going to spend the night in tents in front of the Parliament building.

PM Irakli Gharibashvili calls on the opposition to enter Parliament
“I want to call on all political forces, for whom the country is precious, to open a real and sincere dialogue, to talk not about what divides us, but about what should unite us today.

I propose that all sane opposition forces enter parliament and use the country's legislature as the main platform for discussion. As I mentioned yesterday, we are ready for a real dialogue at any time and in any format. Together we will take care of strengthening our statehood and independence, further strengthening the democratic system, overcoming economic and social problems, Georgia's integration into the European Union and NATO. Our homeland has no time to lose. May God be our protector," the prime minister stated.

The number of job seekers in Germany increased to 86,395.

On the first day of registration, February 15, at midnight, 35,121 citizens of Georgia filled out the application form Temporary Employment in Germany on the government website.

Ekaterine Tikaradze, the Minister of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, has repeatedly stated in her public speeches that all those who meet the requirements of the employer will be employed.

“The number of participants in the project was limited last year and we were talking about only 500 citizens, and this year it is clearly stated that the number is not limited; it is based on the market’s demand,” said the Minister of Health on February 11.

On February 16, or 5 days after this announcement, the German Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food published a statement on the German government portal stating where, when and how many Georgians will be able to work in Germany.

According to the information of the German agency of today's data, about 172 people are competing for one position on average.