The main enemy of the Georgian president to be set free

Kommersant reports the former Minister of Defense of Georgia to be set free in the near future. 3 out of 4 imputations were already taken away, the forth to be removed soon.

The prosecution states that Irakli Okruashvili was not to blame in the accusations he was attributed and that there is no ground to imprison him.

The head of the “United National Movement” party Akaki Bobokhidze states that after freeing a number of Russian spies out of the Georgian prisons, it would be senseless to keep Okruashvili imprisoned. Several experts state, Okruashvili was imprisoned by the new government however it was later decided that it is more convenient to let him free. Global News expert states that the liberation of Okruashvili will be a bad news for the president of Georgia because Okruashvili is his main enemy.

Georgian Finance Ministry made changes in the staff

Georgian media reports that country’s Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri headed an enlarged meeting of the Advisory Council during which he presented some of his personnel decisions.

As reported, Georgian Finance Ministry made changes in the staff: George Tabuashvili has been appointed as First Deputy Finance Minister. Lasha Khutsishvili has been appointed as the head of the Revenue Service on the proposal of the Finance Minister and by the order of the Prime Minister. Tsotne Kavlashvili has been appointed as head of the Treasury Service.
The meeting also discussed the reforms that the Finance Ministry plans to carry out in 2013.

Over million Georgians want Mikhail Saakashvili to step down

Georgian “GTimes” reports that more than one million signatures have been collected in support of the change of power in Georgia.
Moreover, in some cities, including Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi, rallies were held for the resignation of Mikhail Saakashvili.

As reported, the rally was organized by the committee of representatives of public and political organizations.
A few hundred people gathered on the square in front of the presidential palace in Tbilisi.

Another rally in Tbilisi took place on January 6th.
About 100 people gathered in front of the building of the former Parliament on Rustaveli Avenue, with posters “Mikhail, Goodbye”, “Mikhail, go away,” “Go and have some rest,” ” Saakashvili’s presidential term expired on January 5,” “Mikhail, respect the Constitution.”

Permanent Representative of Georgia to Council of Europe resigns

Official sources report that Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe Mamuka Zhgenti resigns. Information was confirmed by the ambassador himself.
“This is the solution agreed with the government and the president. As far as I know, replacement of ambassadors in all major diplomatic missions is planned. Although it does not mean that I am quitting diplomatic service at all. In any case, I hope so,” said Zhgenti.

However, he added he had no information about who he will be succeeded by in the Council of Europe, which will be decided by the minister of foreign affairs, the president and the parliament.
Recall that Mamuka Zhgenti was appointed Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe in 2011.

President Obama hopes for further strengthening Azerbaijani-U.S cooperation

Azerbaijani sources report that U.S. President Barack Obama has expressed his gratitude to Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev for his kind congratulatory letter.

“I express my gratitude for your kind congratulatory letter. I wish cooperation between the two countries to continue and to further strengthen over the next four years. I am sure that we will successfully cope with the challenges that we face in many parts of the world by exerting joint efforts. Once again I express my gratitude for your kind words,” Obama’s letter said.

President Ilham Aliyev will once again win elections with no viable competition: Ruling party

NAP Deputy Executive Secretary, MP Mubariz Gurbanli said during an interview that Chairman of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, President Ilham Aliyev will once again win elections without facing any viable competition.

“As a result of successful internal and foreign policies led by President Ilham Aliyev, today Azerbaijan’s economy is rapidly developing, the country commands respect in the international arena, it is known as a reliable strategic partner and a tolerant state that ensures socio-political stability at a high level.
President Ilham Aliyev is internationally perceived as an authoritative leader. Azerbaijani society expresses great confidence in its head of state,” he said.

He added that NAP will continue its preparations for the 2013 presidential elections.
According to him, the implemented work and the rapid development achieved under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev is highly appreciated not only by Azerbaijani society, but by international experts and rating agencies as well.
“This suggests that President Ilham Aliyev will win the 2013 presidential elections with strong support from the population,” he concluded.

PKK must lay down arms and leave Turkish territory: PM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during his visit to Niger that Turkey’s goal in the fight against terrorism is the final laying down of weapons by terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the leaving of it’s members from the country.

He added that Turkey will do its best to settle the problem of terrorism in the country, despite the PKK’s attempts at disrupting these attempts.
At the same time, Erdogan said it is also important for Turkey to address terrorism with minimal casualties on both sides.

Recall that the Turkish army resumed military operations against PKK militants after they became active again. Over the past 10 months, Turkish security forces have neutralized 716 PKK militants, including 496 terrorists.

Trade turnover between Georgia and Iran rises to 100 million dollars

Georgian ambassador to Iran, George Janjgava said during a special event marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Iran that abolition of the visa regime between Georgia and Iran has increased the number of tourists up to 90,000 and there is a growth of trade turnover up to 100 million dollars.

According to the Iranian Embassy, the event’s initiator was the Caucasus Studies Foundation of Tehran University. The event was attended by Director of the Department of the Caucasus and the CIS countries of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Mohammad Reza Morshedzadeh, Ambassador Janjgava, Chairman of Iran’s Parliamentary Friendship Group with Georgia Movaed Hossein, university lecturers and students, as well as experts.

Janjgava noted that Iran is Georgia’s big neighbor, and there have been political, economic, cultural and social relations between the states not only over the past 20 years, but also before. The participants highlighted the recent changes in Georgian-Iranian relations.

New chief heads Revenue Service under Georgian Finance Ministry

Official sources report that the Revenue Service of the Georgian Finance Ministry is being headed by a new chief. PR department head Khatia Moistsrapishvili informed media that Lasha Khutsishvili headed the service.

According to her, the new head has experience at the Finance Ministry.
Khutsishvili worked at the council’s dispute settlement office under the Finance Ministry in 2007-2008 and the international auditing company Ernst & Young in 2008.
Earlier, Kakha Tsertsvadze was acting head of the Revenue Service.

Georgian government needs a good relationship with opposition

After a meeting with the State Minister of Georgia on European integration Alexi Petriashvili, Chairman of the Parliamentary Defense Committee of the Netherlands Ten Brook told reporters on Wednesday that Georgian government needs to have a good relationship with its opposition.

“I see reforms are underway and some cohabitation attempts are being taken,” Brook said.

According to him, during the meeting they discussed bilateral relations and prospects for Georgia’s accession to NATO and the EU.
“Hopefully, Brussels decides that Georgia is a good place to hold a meeting of the Atlantic Council of NATO”, Brook said.

The Dutch MP also noted that good relations with the opposition are a must.
“I myself was in opposition for a long time and there was a good relationship between the minority and the government which is in the country’s interest. Every government needs a good opposition,” added Brook said.