Discussion on Tbilisi mayoral candidate in parties: What do we know so far?
Who will be the candidate of the ruling party for the post of Tbilisi mayor? This question still remains open. Georgian Dream will nominate all the candidates running in the self-government elections together, two or three months before the elections.
The current mayor is in no hurry to answer the question whether he will run for a second term. Kakhi Kaladze answered the journalists’ question yesterday as follows: “Elections are in the fall, so let’s wait. We have a lot of work to do, we have a lot to do. Therefore, when the time comes, I sincerely tell you, you will be the first to hear this information from the party chairman and me. “.
Irakli Kobakhidze, chairman of the Georgian Dream, called Kaladze “the best mayor” on May 18 and said that his second term as mayor depended on Kaladze. According to Archil Talakvadze, the vice-speaker of the parliament and one of the leaders of the Georgian Dream, Kaladze has full support within the party.
Zurab Girchi Japaridze, the leader of the Girchi – More Freedom party, plans to run for Tbilisi mayor in the 2021 local elections:
“The party has not made a decision on this yet, so I can not say whether I am going to run unequivocally, but it will be considered. If you add to that the fact that I will be a single candidate, obviously that is a plus. I must be crazy to say no, I do not want to say that. Why shouldn’t I want to ?! ” – said Zurab Japaridze.
So far, the United National Movement has not announced a specific decision on Tbilisi mayoral candidacy, but party leader Nika Melia is the one who is most often considered a single candidate in the general opposition spectrum, if such is the case in the upcoming elections. Nika Melia is now in Ukraine, he met with the third President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili yesterday. As the former president said, Melia has big plans, he was able to raise a “very high wave” to help the Georgian people. Read more.
Dmanisi: Existing conflict with ethnic subtext – everything you need to know briefly
In Dmanisi, a quarrel that started in one of the shops turned into a wide-ranging confrontation between local Georgians and Azerbaijanis. The parties publicly shook hands as a sign of reconciliation and the government declared the conflict exhausted. Police control has been tightened in the city so far.
Local Azerbaijanis and Georgians told RFE / RL that despite living side by side, they have fewer close ties. According to them, they have lived peacefully so far, and there have been small conflicts in the past, but this has never turned into a large-scale confrontation.
“If a man is evil, he is evil.”“- says Allah Verdi, a participant in the incident and continues: “However, when they cursed us, all of you were called Azerbaijanis. It could mean something. “
What happened in Dmanisi and why did the process become uncontrollable? Read more in Tornike Mandaria’s article.
4 MPs and 12 counters – what will the Parliamentary Commission decide on the elections?
There are a total of four deputies in the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the results of the October 31 elections – two from the Georgian Dream and two from the European Socialists.
It has been decided that the ballot papers of the elections held 7 months ago will be counted live and a number of people involved in the process will be interviewed. However, “Georgian Dream” refuses to listen to those who may have substantiated information about this or that violation or crime.
In addition to the representatives of the Georgian Dream – Givi Mikanadze (Chairman of the Commission) and Aluda Ghudushauri, the four members of the Commission are the European Socialists – Davit Zilfimiani (Secretary of the Commission) and Fridon Injia.
The commission could not grow because all other opposition parties refused to get involved in the process; According to the proportion defined by the law, the representatives of the Georgian Dream can no longer be added to the commission.
What is the commission of four deputies going to determine? How relevant is the study of election results today, when a long time has passed since the election? Read more in Lela Kunchulia’s article.
Is it possible for Georgia to receive vaccines from other countries through donations?
Georgia’s Deputy Health Minister Tamar Gabunia believes the country has a good chance of mobilizing additional doses of anti-infective vaccines through donation programs from both the United States and the European Union.
At a briefing after yesterday’s meeting of the Immunization Council, journalists asked Gabunia whether Georgia was conducting diplomatic talks with the United States, which plans to send a total of 80 million doses of US and Astrazeneca vaccines to countries around the world.
According to the Deputy Minister of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has been cooperating diplomatically for a long time with both the United States and European countries on donations and vaccines:
It is already known that Lithuania will give 15 thousand doses of vaccine to Georgia. The United States also expressed a desire to donate 20 million doses of vaccine to various countries yesterday.
The German embassy provided 46,000 euros in medical aid to occupied Abkhazia
The German Embassy in Georgia has provided 46,000 Euros worth of medical assistance to medical institutions in Sokhumi and Gudauta to fight Kovid-19. According to a statement issued by the embassy, the purpose of the assistance is to improve diagnostic capabilities, treatment and protection of medical staff.
According to the embassy, assistance includes generators, oxygen switches, ultraviolet lamps, pulse oximeters, rapid tests, protective masks and disinfectants.
A funeral service for General Giorgi Kvinitadze was held in Paris
On May 18, Archil Davrishashvili, the head of St. Nino’s Church in Paris, held a funeral service in memory of the former Commander-in-Chief of the Georgian Army, General Giorgi Kvinitadze. Georgian emigration to France bids farewell to the general, whose remains will be transferred to Georgia.
Kvinitadze ‘s descendants will arrive in Georgia and hand over the general’ s belt-dagger to the Georgian state.
Civil funerals will be held at the Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi on May 24-25, and on Georgia’s Independence Day, General Giorgi Kvinitadze will be buried next to Kakutsa Cholokashvili in the Mtatsminda Pantheon.
General Giorgi Kvinitadze was the last Commander-in-Chief of Georgia to lead the First Republic Army in the 1921 Russian-Georgian War.
Do you know what GRG is and why owners think it deprives them of their rights?
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze presented the four-year report of the City Hall on May 18 and spoke about the reforms he has carried out during this time. He believes that one of his main achievements is to stop the chaotic development of the city. This part of the presentation was presented by Vice-Mayor Irakli Khmaladze and noted:
“In undeveloped, uninhabited and infrastructurally disorganized areas, the municipality will issue a construction permit only if it is properly planned.”
This means that the construction of any building on an empty site near the border of the capital requires a development regulation plan. The burden of submitting this plan is on the builder – it does not matter if it is a large developer or a private individual.
City Hall has identified 11 such construction sites, including the Lisi Lake area. Large-scale construction was recently planned here – a new residential area, “Lisi Topograph”, is being built on 418,000 square meters, the development plan of which has already been approved. The complex includes 244 plots, 5 parks, 3 football, tennis and basketball courts and 9,364 square meters of commercial space. The project will be fenced.
Here, three kilometers away, near the village of Lisi, dozens of residents have been trying for years to obtain a building permit on their own plots to build a two-story house. The problem is the development regulation plan, or GRG.
What is a development plan? Read more in Tamuna Chkareuli’s article.
Myths against vaccination have always been created, although the popularity of social networks has increased the scale of fakes and rumors. Consequently, the fear of Covid vaccines has intensified, which also has objective reasons: the Covid virus is completely unexplored, the position of science towards the virus and vaccines is constantly changing.
And yet, why are vaccinations most often refused and how dangerous is the position of antivaccines in a pandemic era? Biologist and TV presenter Levan Butkhuzi will answer these questions.