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The Georgian Foreign Ministry considers that the renewal of air transport between Moscow and Sukhumi is a violation of international law. Tbilisi intends to react, RIA Novosti reports. The Ministry claims that Georgia's consent must be given for any flights over the territory of the country. Georgia is going to preventthe violation of the sovereignty of the country through international legal mechanisms.

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Georgia today reports that the military transport aviation of Russia is ready to renew direct flights to Abkhazia. Viktor Kachalkin, a lieutenant-general, says that the first flight took place in August, 2008. President of the republic Sergey Bagapsh

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International observers representing the OSCE are claiming seriousviolation of voting procedures during the May 30 municipal polls inGeorgia, RIA Novosti reports.The observers say forged ballot papers were included in the vote count.

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The chairman of the Georgian Central Election Commission ZarabHaratishvili says the Tbilisi mayoral elections have been recognizedas successful, notwithstanding 70 grievances introduced by politicalparties and public organizations, reports Interfax, citing the CECchairman.There was no serious election fraud, he said. According to preliminaryinformation, the ruling party "United National Movement" is leadingwith 69% of the vote. The candidate of the Christian-DemocraticMovement Gia Chanturia has 10%.

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Ceremonial Georgia

New partners of Russia did not protest against construction of the memorial in honor of soldiers who fought Russia.

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40% of the electorate, that is 1,437,897 electors, have taken part in the Georgian regional elections three hours before polling stations are closed, RIA Novosti reports. Local authorities (sakrebulo) and the mayor of Tbilisi are being elected today, as well as some parliamentary seats that became empty earlier and to which new deputies are now being re-elected. The elections are considered to be a 'dry run' before the parliamentary and presidental elections in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

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The regional elections are proceeding calmly, but violations have also taken place, the deputy Interior Minister of Georgia, Yekaterina Zguladze, told journalists.The most celebrated case took place in the town of Tsalka, where a ballot-box was broken at the polling station, Rosbalt reports.

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Iran and Georgia carried out negotiations on beef imports and the building of slaughterhouses on the territory of Georgia, reports Trend, with reference to the Iranian agency MEHR.

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Data of exit polls in Georgia to be made public today

Exit polls in Georgia have been organized by the TV channels Rustavi-2 and Imedi. Research at 50 polling stations is being carried out by the company GfK. Between 5 and 10 thousand people will be questioned during the exit polls. The information will be updated every hour, Georgia today reports.

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The regional elections in Georgia, including the first direct mayoral elections in Tbilisi and interim parliamentary elections, are being held with no violations, the press spokeswoman for the Central Electoral for the Central Election Commission of the country Juli Giorgadze said, reports RIA Novosti.

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The Russian military has released four citizens of Georgia arrested three days ago in South Ossetia, reports YUGA.ru.They were arrested on May 27th at the village of Ioncha, transported to a Russian military base and then on to Tskhinvali.

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At 8.00 hours voting for regional authorities began in the cities and regions of Georgia. The mayor of Tbilisi is also being elected today, a representative of the Central Election Commission of Georgia noted, ITAR-TASS reports.14 political parties and 3 electoral blocks are taking part in the elections. There are 9 candidates for the post of mayor of Tbilisi.

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On May 29th 1992, during the Georgian war of aggression against South Ossetia, the Supreme Soviet of the republic adopted the Act of Independence of the Republic of South Ossetia."This act was an important and brave step. We constituted ourselves as a nation and advanced a national idea - the idea of independence", the speaker of the Parliament of South Ossetia stated.

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"Whatever happens and whoever the presidents may be, relations between Ukraine and Georgia will be good" - 82 year-old ex-president of Georgia Eduard Shevarnadze said in an interview to the "Izvestiya v Ukraine" newspaper.

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David Cameron has expressed his wish to meet the president of Georgia soon, Saakashvili's press secretary Manana Manjagaladze said, quoting a telephone conversation between the two leaders, reports Interfax. Saakashvili congratulated Cameron on his election and recalled that Cameron had been one of the first European politicians to go to Georgia in August 2008 to support the nation. Majagaladze also reported that the president would pay visits to Romania and France and would meet the leaders of the two countries.

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The central election committee of Georgia has provided the conditionsfor transparent May 30 local elections, the chairman of thecommission, Zarab Haratishvili, said, reports Georgia Today.The commission has clarified the electoral list. The number of votersaccording to the latest information is estimated at 3,544,770 and thetotal amount of people employed at the elections will be 48,000. About10,000 local and foreign observers will monitor the polling process.

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The total assets of Georgian commercial banks exceeded $4.8 billion on May 1st. According to Georgian National Banks it is $450 million more than last year’s indicator, Georgia Times reports.The total assets of the bank sector reached $873 million, or 17.8% of cumulative assets.Georgian commercial banks had a $5 million income in April and $13.7 million since the start of this year.

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The Georgian Central Electoral Committee (CEC) is ready to hold local elections on May 30th and the elections for mayor of Tbilisi, the head of the CEC Zurab Kharatishvili said at a meeting with the inter-fractional parliamentary group on elections on Friday, RIA Novosti reports.Kharatishvili presented information on the work of the CEC and the electoral administration in the pre-election period, on technical support and clarification of the voters register, and on reaction to violations in the pre-election period.

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