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The News in Brief

Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Prepared by Messenger Staff

Opposition Signs Georgian Charter Initiated by President Salome Zourabichvili

Opposition members gathered at the Orbeliani Palace to sign the Georgian Charter initiated by the Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili.

The document has already been signed by opposition leaders such as Nika Melia, leader of the Ahali party, Mamuka Khazaradze, leader of Lelo, and members of Droa-Girchi more freedom - Elene Khoshtaria and Zura Japaridze.

Additionally, signatures have been added by representatives from United National Movement, European Georgia, Strategy Aghmashenebeli, Citizens party, For the People movement, Nika Machutadze - State for People as well as Tako Charkviani, Paata Davitaia, Bachuki Kardava, and Eka Beselia.

While acknowledging certain disagreements with the charter's contents, politicians emphasized the importance of unity in the current circumstances, motivating their decision to sign the document.

"This charter symbolizes the collective agreement among people and parties to rid our country of the Russian regime. Lelo will stand wherever such unity exists," stated Mamuka Khazaradze.

Elene Khoshtaria affirmed, "These reforms are in the interest of the people, which is why we attach great importance to this document. We sign it without reservations and commit to its meticulous implementation."

However, it was revealed today that Giorgi Gakharia's party For Georgia, Girchi and Labor Party are not joining the president's initiative.

President Zourabichvili had proposed to political parties to sign the Georgian Charter and reach an agreement on May 26.

Fines for 2,000 Citizens During Covid Pandemic to Be Dropped

Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze announced that fines for approximately 2,000 citizens incurred during the Covid pandemic will be dropped.

During the government meeting, Kobakhidze announced that fines for 1,855 individuals and 38 legal entities will be exempted, totaling 5.6 million GEL.

Two months ago, on April 8, the Government of Georgia announced another fine write-off campaign: it declared that all natural persons, including individual entrepreneurs, would have their recognized tax debts incurred and unpaid before January 1, 2021, fully written off.