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January 04, 2008
Georgia: Democratic Stakes High In Early Presidential Vote
By Salome Asatiani and Daisy Sindelar http://gdb.rferl.org/F7DF3C76-03C5-4DC5-8EE3-2E64D4E7783D_w203.jpg Saakashvili has dominated state television (InterPressNews) Georgian voters went to the polls on January 5 to cast ballots in early presidential elections called in the wake of large antigovernment protests and a violent government crackdown in November.
December 27, 2007
Georgian Broadcaster Shuts Down As Political Scandals Heat Up
With slightly more than a week until a presidential election, voters in many countries might well expect accusations and counteraccusations to dominate the news. But the nature of a mounting political scandal in Georgia has surprised even jaded observers and led the country's most prominent broadcaster to take itself off the air.
December 25, 2007
Interview | Georgia At The Crossroads
The political crisis that rocked Georgia in November has left many questioning how -- if at all -- the country’s democratic development can get back on track – and what Western governments can do to help. David Kakabadze, the director of RFE/RL's Georgian Service, spoke to Lincoln Mitchell, the Arnold A. Saltzman assistant professor in the practice of international politics at Columbia University.
December 05, 2007
Georgian Prime Minister Blames Social Policy For Turmoil
BRUSSELS, December 5, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Georgia's new caretaker prime minister, Lado Gurgenidze, has emphasized social tensions as a major factor in the mass antipresidential demonstrations that erupted across the country in the past three months and led to a state of emergency.
December 03, 2007
Analysis | From 'Managed Democracy' To 'Manual Control'
December 3, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- No one was surprised that preliminary official results of the December 2 Duma elections gave a resounding victory to the pro-Kremlin Unified Russia party. With some 64 percent of the vote, according to government figures, the party seems set to get about 310 seats in the 450-seat lower chamber -- more than the two-thirds majority needed to initiate constitutional changes.
November 30, 2007
Securing An Outcome | The How-To's Of Vote-Rigging
MOSCOW, November 30, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Russia's Central Election Commission has vowed the December 2 parliamentary vote will be clean and fair. But there have been widespread allegations that a combination of pressure campaigns and outright vote-tampering will ensure a sweeping win for Unified Russia, whose party list is topped by President Vladimir Putin.
November 27, 2007
Georgia's Acting President Optimistic Despite Turmoil
November 27, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- For Georgia, the weeks between now and the January 5 presidential elections will be difficult, but the country will get through it, according to Georgian parliamentary speaker Nino Burjanadze, who is now the country's acting president.