2010-04-27What Kind of Georgian United States Shall We Have?
Director of the Liberty Institute of Georgia Levan Ramishvili prepared draft-amendments to the constitution of Georgia – “American Model of Power Separation, Restriction and Balance”; the draft-project caused different opinions among the governmental officials. Ramishvili’s project, which will be discussion by the Constitutional Commission, aims to change the administrative arrangement of Georgia and division of the country into states. According to the same project, the position of the prime-minister shall be abolished and the main executors will be the president, the regional governor and the city mayor. The main executor can implement his/her activities for 5 years and the constitution commission will approve his candidature. The project aims to create double-chamber parliament which will be staffed by senators and the MPs from the states.
2010-04-26Overall Strikes in Zestaponi and Chiatura
Workers, metallurgists and miners of the Zestaponi Ferro Factory and Chiatura Mining Factory have been holding protest demonstrations since April 20 to protect their labor and social rights. The demonstrations were simultaneously organized in Zestaponi and Chiatura. The employees of the both enterprises request meeting with the administration of the Georgian Manganese Ltd in order to resolve all problems through the dialogue with them.
2010-04-23Mikheil Saakashvili – Most Part of Enriched Uranium Is Imported to the Caucasus from Russia
2010-04-22Reserve Funds Do Not Meet Their Goals
In accordance to the organic law of Georgia about Local Self-Governance, the aim of the reserve funds is funding extraordinary and urgent expenses. The reserve fund is created mostly for the liquidation of emergency situation; however, district governors spend funds from the reserve budget on entertainment, PR-campaigns and on the activities which are beyond the competence of the local authority.
2010-04-21Trade Union VS “Georgian Manganese”
Trade Union of Georgia, Trade Union of Metallurgy and Mining Entrepreneurs of Georgia went on two-hour warning strike in Zestaponi and Chiatura. The workers of the enterprises subordinated to the Georgian Manganese Ltd – Zestaponi Ferro Factory and Chiatura Mines - went on strike from 12:00 to 2:00 pm on April 20. The reason of the protest was grave working conditions in the enterprises. Short time ago, people were fired from those enterprises for their cooperation with the Trade Unions.
2010-04-21Only Five MPs Attended Discussion of the Public Defender’s Report At the Session of the Human Rights Parliamentary Committee
2010-04-20US Ambassador’s Curious Trip in Guria Region
On April 16, US Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Georgia John Bass visited Guria region. He had to meet local journalists in the regional TV-station “Guria” at 3:00 pm. The Ambassador, together with journalists, was invited to the TV-program. The journalists of the newspapers “Lanchkhuti Plus”, “Guria News,” “Alioni” and “Yes and No” waited for the Ambassador for one and half hour. Then, they left the TV-Station in protest.
2010-04-20Speech Instead Action – Government Cannot Find Time for Citizens before Elections
Recently, we often hear from citizens “he did not receive me,” “he did not listen to me,” “he did not assist me,” “he was busy at the meeting,”… people receive similar replies after their hours-long waiting in the offices of local public officials. However, before the elections the government speaks much about transparency, accountability, attention and of course about building better state.
2010-04-19Kakha Katsitadze: “Today, There Is Complete Regress in the Conflict Regulation Process”
Why are we permanently in war situation? Why have not we achieved consensus with Ossetian and Abkhaz parties? Expert Kakha Katsidze thinks it requires very thorough analyze. Our society was not oriented on resolving the problems through consensus – this mentality was established during the communist epoch. The wide-spread assumption was – “If I can subordinate or rob somebody, why should I agree with him about it?!”
2010-04-16Opposition Parties Blocked Rustaveli Avenue in front of the Parliament
On April 15, opposition parties blocked the Rustaveli Avenue in front of the parliament of Georgia. Almost every member of the non-parliamentary opposition parties took part in the protest demonstration. They had two main requests: 1. Government shall stop political persecution of citizens; 2. People imprisoned on political grounds shall be released from April 16 in accordance to the law. Unless their requests are satisfied, the demonstrations will become larger-scaled and permanent.
2010-04-14“Let Us Sleep” - Pre-Election Request
During the pre-election campaign the government has to give various promises to the population – roofing the houses, repairing lifts, implementation of new social projects, and etc. Request of 12-year-old Nini from Rustavi is not on the list of standard requests.
2010-04-13Administrative Resources for Pre-Election Campaign
Before the local self-governmental elections several changes were introduced to the district budgets. Mostly, the expenses of the social packets and infrastructure development were increased. Representatives of the ruling party actively participate in the implementation of the social programs funded from the state budget. In parallel to it, the government submitted several draft-laws on amnesties to gain the hearts of the voters.
2010-04-13Saakashvili and his Theatre of Clowns
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