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Georgian lawmakers approve reforms to parliamentary election process (29.06.2020)

Georgian lawmakers have approved a bill on election reforms following a foreign-brokered deal to change a system that opposition parties insisted unfairly favored the ruling party heading into elections this autumn.

U.S., EU urge Georgian authorities, opposition to uphold March 8 agreement (12.05.2020)

The U.S. and European Union ambassadors have called on Georgia's ruling and opposition parties to uphold and implement a foreign-brokered deal on election reforms after more than two months of failing to move forward. In a statement, the facilitators of the deal said it was intended to "depolarize"...

U.S. embassy In Tbilisi troubled by reports of 'borderization' activity on South Ossetia boundary line (18.04.2020)

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi said on April 17 it was "deeply troubled" by reports that Russian-led “security actors” have resumed “borderization” activities along the administrative boundary line of the Georgian-breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Former Nagorno-Karabakh prime minister wins election (15.04.2020)

The former prime minister of the unrecognized region of Nagorno-Karabakh has won a runoff presidential election in the disputed region, an expected result after his rival asked his supporters not to vote in the second round.

Nagorno-Karabakh holds ‘elections’ despite international criticism and virus concerns (31.03.2020)

The authorities of the internationally unrecognised breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh are holding presidential and parliamentary elections amid international criticism and despite the coronavirus pandemic. … In a sternly worded statement, the European Union reiterated on Tuesday (31 March) that...

Europeans welcome ‘turning point’ Georgian electoral deal (10.03.2020)

European parliamentarians on Tuesday (10 March) hailed the political agreement between Georgia’s ruling and opposition parties that promises to resolve the electoral reform conflict that has resulted in a series of protests across the country.

Georgia reports massive cyber-attack ‘carried out by Russia’ (21.02.2020)

Georgia’s foreign ministry announced on Thursday (20 February) that a massive cyber-attack had taken place against its state institutions and media, and that investigations have shown that Russia was responsible for it.

Armenian, Azerbaijani leaders debate Nagorno-Karabakh, make little visible progress (15.02.2020)

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian met for a public discussion on February 15 at the Munich Security Conference.

Opposition leader Gigi Ugulava slams his sentence for graft (10.02.2020)

Georgia's top court has slapped a prison term of over three years on one of the country's leading opposition figures, Gigi Ugulava. The ex-mayor of Tbilisi claims the ruling is the work of oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Abkhazia’s de facto president resigns, triggers new elections (14.01.2020)

In four days, Abkhazia, the breakaway region of Georgia, has seen government buildings smashed, protests to depose the de facto president come to fruition, a court decision that annulled previous elections published and new snap-elections called, a caretaker president appointed and opposition...