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Seven New Ministers Await Parliamentary Approval

Author: By Nino Sharashidze

Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili sacked five cabinet ministers from his cabinet and re-assigned two ministers into other duties in a dramatic reshuffle.

At the Press Conference on July 21, the PM explained that the now former ministers had problems in management, lacked vision and strategy. Gharibashvili added that it had been an historic period for the country with significant events such as signing the Association Agreement with the EU and the recently held local government elections.

“For the first time in our history we had the second round elections, and we passed this test successfully. It has been confirmed once again that society fully trusts our coalition and our obligation is to justify their trust,” said Gharibashvili. “In order to fulfill all the promises and objectives, we need more energy, therefore I made changes in the composition of the government,” he added.

Former ministers claim that it was not clear for them why Gharibashvili was unsatisfied with their activities. Former Minister of Environment, Khatuna Gogaladze who was elected as Vice-President of the governing body of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in June, is among the list of fired ministers. Former Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Elguja Khokrishvili will replace Gogaladze on the position of the Minister of Environment.

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The World is Looking to Ukraine’s East: the MH17 Downing and Newest Political Developments

Author: By Elena Boroda, Brussels

The downing of the civilian air plane MH17 near the Ukrainian city of Donetsk has broadened the international perspective on the conflict in the country’s breakaway regions and put a severe strain on Western relations with Russia. Since this air crash, which resulted in the deaths of 298 people, the EU is looking to increasing its sanctions against Russia. The Kremlin blames the air disaster on the leadership in Kyiv, while the US points its finger at Russia. Meanwhile, the evidence of Russian involvement in the tragedy is increasing.

The EU decided to expand its sanctions targeting those individuals and enterprises supporting pro-Russian rebels. In a summit on Tuesday 22 July, the EU’s 28 foreign ministers were united in their outrage about the fatal incident and short on diplomatic set phrases. The ministers agreed to accelerate the implementation of the sanctions blacklist agreed a few days before the incident. Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt said “I think Europe has woken up. None of these things – capital markets, defense, dual use items - has ever been mentioned in EU documents. Some of this will happen.”

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Politics

 As Russia’s Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle 

 Georgia’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office Creates Consulting Group of International Experts

Social/Society

 Enhancing Yourself with an American Idea

 Cementing the Relationship: Svaneti

Business

 Minister of Finance Presented National Budget Report to Parliament

 New American Hospital Earmarked for Tbilisi

Sports

 Georgian Rugby Union and Radisson Blu – A Leading Combination

 Crushed in Kazakhstan - A Dark Hour for Dinamo

 
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