Saakashvili, Georgia’s corrupt president

This video from 2009 is called Dictator ‘Saakashvili is a threat to Georgia’- former parliament speaker Nino Burdzhanadze.

From InterPressNews in Georgia:

Shocking amounts of money had been spent on luxury from state budget – Irina Imerlishvili

15:42 17-04-2013

Irina Imerlishvili, the Chairwoman of the parliamentary committee of procedural issues, says “shocking amounts of money” had been spent on luxury of the President, his family, relatives, as well as other current and former officials.

Imerlishvili said at a press conference held along with Davit Saganelidze, that she has relevant documents, which she had requested from the State Security Service, and which became accessible for her by the mediation of the Prosecutor’s Office.

According to Imerlishvili’s information, living costs of Mikheil Saakashvili’s cook

That chef came all the way from Spain, Dutch NOS TV says. They say the wage of Saakashvili’s Spanish cook was more than 12,000 euro a month. And that Saakashvili, after apparently eating too much of that Spanish cook’s food, had been to a slimming course in Austria together with a crony. That had cost Georgian taxpayers over 53,000 euro.

amounted to half a million laris.

‘”Shocking amounts of money had been spent from the state budget on luxury of the President, his family, relatives, as well as other current and former officials, including the Tbilisi Mayor, governors and MPs. For example, our colleagues, including previous MPs Koba Khabazi, Alana Gagloeva, Zurab Tchiaberashvili, David Sakhvarelidze, Mariam Sajaia, George Gviniashvili, Sergo Ratiani, and others met the new year together with the president in Dubai, which cost 240,000 laris.

Which is 115,000 euro, according to NOS TV.

In addition, the president bought expensive presents – a mobile phone and a bracelet – to one of my female colleagues. Expensive presents were given to others too, including Russian journalists. The president and the Tbilisi mayor spent 115,000 laris in an Austrian resort’, Imerlishvili said.

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  1. Question remains over Independence Day format

    By Messenger Staff

    Wednesday, April 17

    After Georgia re-established its independence in 1991, it was decided to mark Georgia’s Independence Day on May 26. This date corresponded to Georgia’s original declaration of independence established over one-hundred years ago after the collapse of the Russian empire in 1917.

    Some suggest however, that Independence Day should be marked on April 9 when the independence act was signed for the second time and Georgia declared its independence again in 1991. So far May 26 has been the designated day and it looks like the tradition will continue.

    During the Rose administration May 26 was celebrated in Georgia with large events often featuring a military parade on Rustaveli Avenue in front of the parliamentary building received by Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili.

    The Georgian Dream coalition, which represents Georgia’s current government, has not yet decided how to celebrate this date. Opinions differ among coalition members on this point. Recently, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili announced his opinion, suggesting refraining from staging a military parade. According to Ivanishvili, Georgia is not the type of country should demonstrate its military might in such a fashion.

    Some high-ranking authorities support this idea. For instance, Minister of Reintegration, Paata Zakareishvili, also believes that a military parade is not necessary, as it is a Soviet tradition. Others also think that a military parade is a costly event and it would be better if Georgia would spend these resources on other more pressing things.

    There is also one controversial aspect to staging a military parade. If this type of parade is held, the commander in chief of the armed forces should receive it and that would be Georgia’s soon to be outgoing President, Mikheil Saakashvili. This fact would not be appreciated by the current leadership of the country.

    There are many arguments for not wanting Saakashvili to receive the parade. First of all, there is the failed war with Russia in 2008. Many politicians and analysts believe that Georgia’s involvement in the provocation and the subsequent loss of the war along with more sovereign territory; represents a direct failure of the previous administration led by Saakashvili. Moreover, there is one shameful occasion connected with celebration of the date. On May 26, 2011, Georgian police and other law enforcement bodies brutally dispersed a peaceful demonstration of Georgian citizens in front of the parliament building organized by opposition leader Nino Burjanadze. Three people died in this vicious melee.

    That being said, May 26 celebration along with the usual military parade was held near the new parliamentary building in Kutaisi last year. However, some Georgian political leaders feel that the overt display of the country’s military might should be demonstrated as the utmost pride of the nation.

    It is known that the celebration will be welcomed by prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, as for Saakashvili, he will not have a separate invitation, but can always come anywhere he likes on his own. Saakashvili personally condemned the ides of not holding a military parade. So the exact format of Georgia’s Independence Day is not yet known. Much depends on the consequences of April 19 when the former governing United National Movement (UNM) is planning to hold a rally of their own, again on Rustaveli avenue in front of the parliament building.


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