Melia vs Kaladze – who will unite?
There are 10 weeks left before the local self-government elections, but so far only one candidate for the mayor of the capital has been nominated – the Secretary General of the Georgian Dream, the current mayor, Kakha Kaladze.
According to Radio Liberty, the main part of the opposition will nominate a general candidate for the mayor of the capital on Friday, July 23, and he will most likely be the chairman of the “National Movement”, MP Nika Melia.
So far what we know:
- We do not see “Strategy Builder” among Melia’s open supporters; The party “Lelo” is still thinking.
- At this stage, we can say for sure that “European Georgia” will support Nika Melia’s candidacy.
- Elene Khoshtaria, the founder of “Droa” will be nominated as the Chairman of the City Council. This post is not subject to the rule of direct election and the candidate is later approved by the already staffed City Council.
Who will the opposition consider for other important positions in the upcoming elections and which parties will Melia’s candidacy unite? Read more in Lela Kunchulia’s article.
In Georgia, the Pfizer vaccine will be available from the age of 16 – Minister’s order
The Minister of Health Ekaterine Tikaradze amended the order “On Approval of the Rule for Introduction of Immunization against COVID-19 and Immunization Management”.
According to the new regulation published on July 21, the vaccination scheme and the procedure are defined. As a result, the Pfizer vaccine can be given from the age of 16.
Registration for the Pfizer vaccine has been suspended in Georgia at the moment. According to the press service of the Ministry of Health, when new doses of the Pfizer vaccine are delivered, citizens will be able to register from the age of 16.
Georgian doctors inside and outside the country consider mass vaccination to be the main means of defeating the coronavirus. 21 representatives of the medical field issued a joint appeal yesterday.
It is stated that no group, including the government, doctors or the population, will be able to defeat the pandemic separately, so they address the public and say that a concerted effort is needed to end the pandemic.
“Use any vaccine currently available that has received authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization. However, keep in mind that after the vaccine made with the classic technology of Chinese production, it is possible to use the vaccine produced with the new technology as a “booster”.– It is said in the appeal.
“Georgian Dream” responded to the statement of the “Charter of Journalistic Ethics”
The Georgian Dream party responded to the statement of the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics regarding Kakha Kaladze’s speech at the Tbilisi mayoral candidate.
“It seems that the mayor of Tbilisi, Kakha Kaladze, in his speech on July 20, compared the activities of the media to the violent actions of July 5. This statement is a shameful slander and distortion of facts.
Explain that in his speech on July 20, Kakha Kaladze spoke about forms of violence and noted that “physical violence is no less evil than psychological violence, which, unfortunately, takes place in our society.”
According to Kakha Kaladze, this public problem is also reflected on TV. In particular, he noted that “we often hear people from different TV channels being humiliated, slandered, bullied just because of different political or other signs.”
The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics believes that Kakha Kaladze compared the activities of the media to the actions of violent groups. The Charter called on the authorities not to encourage attacks on media representatives by their aggressive attitude.
Parliament will try to elect a CEC chairman for the second time
On July 22, the Parliament will try to elect the Speaker of the Parliament for the second time at the extraordinary sitting. The candidates are Giorgi Kalandarishvili and Giorgi Santuriani. The first ballot was held on July 18, but the required minimum – 100 votes – was not received by any candidate.
Giorgi Kalandarishvili, one of the candidates, has the support of the Georgian Dream. It was he who received the most votes in the previous ballot, 82 votes.
The rules for electing the CEC chairperson are as follows: If a candidate fails to get 100 votes in the first round, then in the second ballot the ballot will be cast again with at least 100 votes. If this also ends in failure, the minimum threshold is first reduced to 90 votes and then to 76 votes. However, if the CEC chairperson cannot be elected by a 2/3 majority of the parliament (at least 100 votes), his / her term of office will be only 6 months instead of 5 years. In this case, even the chairman elected by 76 votes will be able to hold local self-government elections.
Stay tuned for news on this topic In Radio Liberty News Tape.
Case of Georgian Emigrants Accessing Facebook Sites: Six Persons Charged
According to the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office, six people have been charged with unauthorized access to Facebook pages of Georgian emigrants and fraudulent misappropriation of funds.
According to the investigation version of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, “The members of the organized group, in order to fraudulently embezzle funds, pre-examined the information on the Facebook pages of Georgians in the United States and other countries, created unverified online casinos and bookmakers, mobilized those who were hacked and sent messages. Funds. After creating the mentioned conditions, the accused hacked into the Facebook pages of seven Georgian citizens working abroad without permission. The members of the criminal group contacted their friends working abroad as well as their friends living in Georgia on their behalf, who fraudulently transferred different amounts of money to their online casinos and fast transfer accounts. “The accused fraudulently took GEL 10,500 belonging to 14 victims.”
“Paliashvili wrote the opera” – how “Absalom and Ether” was created
August 16 will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Zakaria Paliashvili. The Opera House season closes on July 23rd. The last concert is dedicated to the anniversary of Zakaria Paliashvili.
“I started writing opera in 1912. During this time I have heard dissatisfaction many times that Paliashvili wrote an opera and its publication has not been helped so far! And it raised the same suspicions in the society, but the society did not know the normal conditions in which I had to write this extensive opera. “
Zakaria Paliashvili follows this in his records. Abnormal conditions mean that he worked as a teacher 40-45 hours a week while writing “Absalom and Ether”. This was accompanied by the death of his only son, Irakli, which prevented Zakaria from performing at the opera for two years.
It took 10-11 years to write “Absalom and Ether” and was finally staged on February 21, 1919. The conductor was Zakaria Paliashvili. The performance lasted for 6 hours and was an unprecedented triumph. “Absalom and Ether” was the third opera performed on the Georgian stage. It was preceded by Revaz Gogniashvili’s “Christine” and Dimitri Arakishvili’s “Tale of Shota Rustaveli”, although it is still believed that the history of Georgian classical opera began on February 21 and not before.
Read more in Tea Topuria’s article.
Why did Georgians and Azeris throw stones at each other in Dmanisi? Ethnic problems in the region, along with the settlement of Svans, have emerged since the 1990s. Today they live side by side, though largely in different worlds. Lasha Chkhvimiani and Farida Ismailova are building bridges between the two communities.