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Europe's East 11-01-2021

Billionaire Georgia party leader Bidzina Ivanishvili says quitting politics

The billionaire leader of Georgia's ruling party, Bidzina Ivanishvili, who is widely seen as the Western-backed country's most powerful man, announced Monday (11 January) he was quitting politics.
Europe's East 10-11-2020

Georgia opposition defies crackdown, stages new protests

Fresh protests took place Monday (9 November) in Tbilisi as thousands of people hit the streets a day after police cracked down on demonstrations against Georgia's recent general elections.
Europe's East 09-11-2020

Police in Tbilisi fire water cannons, tear gas at protesters

Police in Georgia fired water cannons and tear gas on thousands of demonstrators who have vowed permanent protests until a snap vote is called as the opposition accused the ruling party of rigging tightly contested parliamentary elections.
Europe's East 02-11-2020

Georgia opposition calls for protests as ruling party claims vote win

Georgia's opposition called Sunday (1 November) for mass protests after the ruling Georgian Dream party claimed victory in a tightly contested parliamentary election.
Eastern Europe 29-10-2020

Georgian opposition unite to oust billionaire’s ruling party

Georgians vote on Saturday (31 October) in tightly contested parliamentary elections pitting an unlikely union of opposition parties against the increasingly unpopular ruling party led by the country's richest man.
Eastern Europe 10-03-2020

Europeans welcome ‘turning point’ Georgian electoral deal

European parliamentarians hailed on Tuesday (10 March) the political agreement between Georgian ruling and opposition parties that promises to resolve the electoral reform conflict that resulted a series of protests in the country. 
Eastern Europe 11-02-2020

Georgia’s top court slaps 3-year jail term on opposition figure

Georgia’s top court on Monday (10 February) sentenced a leading opposition politician to three years and two months in jail for embezzlement, a move which he condemned as politically motivated. The Supreme Court’s ruling on Gigi Ugulava, the 44-year-old leader...
Eastern Europe 30-10-2019

Tamar Chugoshvili: The ‘dynamics’ in EU politics are hugely discouraging for Georgia

In a wide-ranging interview with EURACTIV, Georgian politician Tamar Chugoshvili speaks of the reactions in her country following the recent EU decision not to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, and of Georgia’s plans to remain in the EU orbit nevertheless.
Eastern Europe 09-09-2019

Ex-interior minister Gakharia confirmed as Georgian PM

Georgia's parliament on Sunday (8 September) confirmed an ex-interior minister accused of cracking down on protesters as the country's new prime minister, fuelling political tensions in the ex-Soviet nation.
Europe's East 25-06-2019

Thousands in Tbilisi demand Georgia’s de-oligarchisation

Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied on Monday (24 June) in the Georgian capital for the fifth consecutive day as the increasingly unpopular ruling party's promise of sweeping reforms failed to appease mass demonstrations.
Europe's East 24-06-2019

Georgian protesters slam ‘Putinism’, raise pressure on ruling oligarch

Several thousand anti-government protesters took to the streets of the Georgian capital Tbilisi for a fourth day on Sunday (24 June) as tensions rose between Moscow and its ex-Soviet neighbour.
Europe's East 17-12-2018

Georgia’s new president seeks unity after vote protests

Georgia's incoming President Salome Zurabishvili vowed to reconcile political divisions and deepen ties with NATO and Europe at Sunday's inauguration that opposition protesters were blocked from reaching.
Europe's East 03-12-2018

Thousands of Georgians protest ‘stolen election’, urge snap polls

Around 25,000 Georgians protested Sunday (2 December) against the election of a ruling party-backed candidate to the presidency and demanded snap parliamentary polls in a move that threatens to complicate the transition of power in the Western-backed nation.
Europe's East 29-11-2018

Former French diplomat wins Georgia presidential election

Results from Georgia’s presidential runoff showed the ruling party-backed candidate, who favours balancing the ex-Soviet republic’s relations with Moscow and the West, defeating her rival who advocates a stronger pro-Western line.
Europe's East 29-10-2018

Rival diplomats to dispute second round of Georgia presidential election

Ex-French diplomat Salome Zurabishvili has taken a slight lead in Georgia's presidential election, seen as a crucial test for the increasingly unpopular ruling party, results showed on Monday (29 October).
Europe's East 31-10-2016

Ruling party in Georgia wins constitutional majority after vote run-off

Georgia's ruling party decisively won a second round of voting on Sunday (30 October), giving it more than three-quarters of seats in parliament, enough to change the constitution if it wants, data from the Central Election Commission showed on Monday (31 October).
Elections 18-10-2016

Georgia’s quiet move away from ‘Messiah’ politics

A quiet transition has taken place under the Georgian Dream government, bringing the country in line with a fully-matured western democracy, writes Amanda Paul.
Elections 10-10-2016

Ruling party in Georgia decisively wins parliament vote

The ruling party in Georgia decisively won parliamentary elections, firming its grip on power in the former Soviet nation, near-complete results showed yesterday (9 October).
Global Europe 06-07-2016

Kerry reassures NATO hopefuls Georgia and Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry began a two-day visit to Georgia and Ukraine today (6 July) to reassure NATO's eastern friends they will not be abandoned to face Russia alone.
Europe's East 14-11-2014

Georgian opposition: Jailing political opponents leads to Putin

Giga Bokeria, of the Georgian opposition United National Movement (UNM), warned in the European Parliament yesterday (13 November), that intensifying political persecution in his country was favouring Russia, which already illegally occupies part of his country.
Europe's East 06-11-2014

Georgian coalition rocked by defections

Georgia's foreign minister quit yesterday (5 November) and one of six parties in the ruling coalition pulled out, depriving it of a parliamentary majority in a rift over the pace of integration with the West.
Europe's East 05-11-2014

Georgian PM sacks pro-Western defence minister

Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili fired his defence minister yesterday (4 November) hours after he criticised the arrests of several officials in his ministry as politically-motivated and aimed at those who favour better relations with the West.
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Europe's East 28-10-2013

EU: Elections in Georgia ‘well managed’

EU election observers said on Monday that Georgia's presidential poll was "transparent", confirming democracy is becoming stronger in the former Soviet republic. The European Commission also welcomed the victory of Georgy Margvelashvili, the candidate representing the ruling Georgian Dream coalition, after he won Sunday's elections with a clear majority.
Elections 28-10-2013

Georgian voters cement ruling coalition’s grip on power

A little-known ally of billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili won a landslide victory in Georgia's presidential election yesterday (27 October), cementing the ruling coalition's grip on power after Mikheil Saakashvili's ten-year rule.
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