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Margvelashvili: My Visit to the U.S. has been Disrupted

Author: By Nino Sharashidze

When President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili claimed that he was going to New York to attend the UN Climate Change Summit on September 23, his statement received heavy criticism from the Executive team, because Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili was also due to travel to the U.S. to attend the UN Annual Assembly to deliver a speech.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Maia Panjikidze and the State Minister of Euro-Atlantic Integration Aleksi Petriashvili, it would damage the state image, if two delegations visited the Summit.

Panjikidze tried to negotiate with the President on September 10, but they failed to achieve a consensus. “I had a meeting with the Foreign Minister and I had the feeling that we are heading towards this sort of bad situation,” said Margvelashvili on September 11. The President believes that very serious, organized work was carried out against his visit. “As a result of this, unfortunately, I cannot travel to the U.S.”, he added.

President states that with this act the Executive made a serious mistake, which will hurt the statehood of Georgia. “This is not a step towards our national interests, but it was due to departmental disputes. If we go this way and try to monopolize any institution in the government, we will get what we did not like so much in previous regime,” said Margvelashvili.

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Are the Winds of Conspiracy Blowing in Georgia?

Author: By Zaza Jgharkava

The winds of conspiracy have beenblowing in the country again. After a political vacation, politicians and observers have started speculating about a new political plot. They predict unconditional dissolution of the ruling coalition. The talk of this supposed plot has been intensified with open confrontation between the President and the Prime Minister, with the former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili also joining in. In addition, media announced a new governmental shake-up for October. How the events will develop and whether the ruling coalition will break apart remains to be seen but an answer may not be far away.

Conspiracy theories are not new for the Georgian reality. The Georgian Dream coalition as an ideological “ratatouille” was predicted to dissolve back at its beginnings. According to the observers, it was impossible to have a firm unity following the political marriage of such political subjects as Soso Jachvliani and Davit Usupashvili, or Irakli Alasania and Eka Beselia. Experts claimed, “These people were untied only by the money of billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili and hatred of Mikheil Saakashvili.”

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