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ISFED Reports ‘Unprecedented Forms’ of Voter Intimidation

ISFED Reports ‘Unprecedented Forms’ of Voter Intimidation The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), a Tbilisi-based election watchdog, claims voter intimidation ahead of the presidential runoff has taken “wide-spread,” and “unprecedented” forms. In a statement released on November 19, ISFED said both private and public sector employees have been subject to undue pressure. …

Watchdogs: Signs of “Unprecedented Voter-bribing”

Watchdogs: Signs of “Unprecedented Voter-bribing” Georgia’s three respected watchdogs, the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), Transparency International-Georgia  (TI) and the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) have issued a stern statement, saying today’s announcement of the debt write-off scheme by the Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, was in all likelihood, “an unprecedented case of …

Chief of Counter-Terrorism Agency on Chatayev Affair, ISIS Connections in Georgia

Chief of Counter-Terrorism Agency on Chatayev Affair, ISIS Connections in Georgia Irakli Chimakadze, Chief of the Counter-Terrorism Center of the State Security Service, Georgia’s domestic intelligence service, gave an exclusive interview to weekly newspaper Kviris Palitra on November 19, speaking among others on details of the November 2017 shootout in Tbilisi and plans of the senior …

Salome Zurabishvili Continues Campaign Meetings

Salome Zurabishvili Continues Campaign Meetings Salome Zurabishvili, the ruling party-backed presidential candidate, continues campaigning for the November 28 runoff. Zurabishvili met with young winemakers in Kakheti on November 19, two days after her meeting with a women’s group in Tbilisi. At yesterday’s meeting in village Kisiskhevi in Kakheti region, Georgia’s wine country, Zurabishvili was accompanied …

CSOs: Saakashvili Remarks ‘Anti-Semitic’

CSOs: Saakashvili Remarks ‘Anti-Semitic’ The No to Phobia platform, a CSO coalition uniting thirteen organizations, expressed “deep concern” over ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili’s “anti-Semitic” remarks and urged the politician to refrain from using hate speech and discriminatory language. Saakashvili made the statement on November 18, when he referred to the Israeli campaign strategist, Moshe Klughaft, as …

Probe into Alleged Election Fraud Launched, as CSOs Voice Whistleblower’s Allegations

Probe into Alleged Election Fraud Launched, as CSOs Voice Whistleblower’s Allegations In a statement released on November 20, the Georgian Prosecutor’s office said that it has launched investigation into alleged printing of fake IDs, with a purpose of rigging the second round of elections on November 28, under article 362 of the criminal code, involving …

NATO Deputy SecGen: ‘Georgia Has Made Tremendous Progress’

NATO Deputy SecGen: ‘Georgia Has Made Tremendous Progress’ Deputy NATO Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller said at the 64th Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Halifax, Canada, that the Alliance’s partnership with Georgia and Ukraine is “very important,” and that NATO’s door remains open for the countries. “Ukraine and Georgia [are] very much on the track …

Bidzina Ivanishvili on Presidential Runoff, Post-Election Strategy

Bidzina Ivanishvili on Presidential Runoff, Post-Election Strategy Former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, who chairs the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party, gave his first televised interview since the first round of presidential election. In his 45-minute interview to pro-governmental Imedi TV, aired on November 20, Ivanishvili, who was largely unchallenged by the journalists, clarified his positions …

ISFED Releases Interim Report on Runoff Campaign

ISFED Releases Interim Report on Runoff Campaign The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), a Tbilisi-based election watchdog, released its interim report of the November 28 runoff, highlighting a number of shortcomings identified from October 29 through November 19. According to the report, the election environment in the run-up to the November 28 …

Georgian, EU Top Officials Hold Inaugural High-Level Meeting in Brussels

Georgian, EU Top Officials Hold Inaugural High-Level Meeting in Brussels Georgian Delegation, led by Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and EU Commissioners, headed by President of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, discussed increasing and enhancing cooperation between Georgia and European Union at the inaugural high-level meeting in Brussels on November 21. Touching upon the whole spectrum of EU-Georgia relations, …

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