The president of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili has issued a decree setting the 21 October as the date for local elections to elect Mayors and municipal authorities. The decree was also countersigned by Prime Minitser Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
The elections will provide the first electoral test to the Georgian Dream government led by Kvirikashvili since the landslide victory in parliamentary elections in October 2016. All eyes are likely to be on the important vote for mayor of Tbilisi where a number of opposition candidates will challenge the candidacy of the Georgian Dream candidate Kakha Kaladze, who recently resigned from the position of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy to run in the poll.
photo: Giorgi Margvelashvili (archive picture)
Getting the Eastern Neighbourhood right is a key necessity for the future security and prosperity of Europe. The Brussels summit offers an opportunity for important steps on this matter in the right direction – not as an end in themselves but rather as a part of a longer term and more ambitious vision.
An incident at a military facility of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic resulted in three Armenian soldiers killed and one seriously injured. It is not clear what the exact circumstances of the incident were, but for the moment it is being treated as an accident.