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Ali Abdullah Saleh Returns
Sana'a, Yemen
By U.S. Editor
27 Feb 2013

With a throng of supporters scrambling to get near the ex-president, Wednesday’s large-scale gathering was reminiscent of 2011, when in the midst of Yemen’s Youth Revolution, rival Friday demonstrations were held in Sana’a on a weekly basis: one for Saleh and the other for the pro-democracy protesters who sought an end to his 33-year-long presidency.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh returns to public ...
Sana'a, Yemen
By luke_somers
27 Feb 2013

Thousands of supporters turned out for ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh's first public appearance in 18 months, in Sana'a, Yemen.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh returns to public ...
Sana'a, Yemen
By luke_somers
27 Feb 2013

Speaker of the Parliament and GPC Party member Yahya Al-Ra'i was among those present in Sana'a, Yemen for ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh's first public appearance in 18 months.

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Sana'a, Yemen
By luke_somers
27 Feb 2013

Thousands of supporters turned out in Sana'a, Yemen for Ali Abdullah Saleh's first public appearance in 18 months.

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Egypt’s Salafist Nour Party to run in...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
26 Feb 2013

The Salafist Nour Party decided on Monday, February 25, to participate in the parliamentary elections of Egypt’s House of Representatives in April amid calls for boycott, but added that the government must ensure that the elections are free and fair.

The party calls on all Egypt’s political forces to participate in the elections.

In a press conference, Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa said that there is a need for "clear and sufficient guarantees for the integrity and transparency of the election”, saying this requires certain ministries administrative bodies and crews assisting judges to be neutral.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections in order to complete the building of all the country’s political institutions as well as to solve the entire disasters that we are facing now. The Nour Party calls on all other political forces and coalitions to participate in the elections.”

Zarqa added that Nour Party will only form alliances with parties that have the same Islamic frame of reference.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will form an electoral alliance only with parties with an Islamic reference. We all have to cooperate and unite to push our dear country Egypt to move forward. We all have to cooperate in the reconstruction of Egypt.”

On the other hand, several figures of the opposition have voiced their intention to boycott the parliamentary elections, including founder of the Constitution Party Mohamed ElBaradei who described the coming parliamentary poll as an act of "deception."

Egypt's parliamentary elections, previously scheduled to begin on 27 April, have been brought forward to start on 22 April, after Coptic Christians said that the original dates conflicted with Christian holidays, including Easter.

The first round of voting will be held on 22 and 23 April and will take place in Cairo, Beheira, El-Minya, Port Said and North Sinai. If runoffs are necessary, they will take place on 29 and 30 April. The house is expected to hold its first session on 2 July.

The Nour Party, established after the January 25 revolution, won the second most seats in parliamentary elections held at the end of 2011 after the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: February 25, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: February 25, 2013
Length: 00:02:00
Video Size: 98.6 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Close up shot of the banner of Egypt’s Salafist Nour Party
2. Wide shot of the press conference held by the party to announce participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections
3. Zoom in shot of Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa speaking during the press conference while Galal El-Morra, secretary-general of Nour Party standing beside him
4. Various shots of the press conference
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections in order to complete the building of all the country’s political institutions as well as to solve the entire disasters that we are facing now. The Nour Party calls on all other political forces and coalitions to participate in the elections.” 6. Various shots of speaker and attendees during the press conference
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will form an electoral alliance only with parties with an Islamic reference. We all have to cooperate and unite to push our dear country Egypt to move forward. We all have to cooperate in the reconstruction of Egypt.” 8. Various shots of speaker and attendees during the press conference
9. Medium shot of the banner of the Salafist Nour Party

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Egypt’s Economy grew only 2.2% in 2nd...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 Feb 2013

Story: Egypt’s Economy grew only 2.2% in 2nd quarter of 2012/13

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: February 21, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: February 21, 2013
Length: 0:02:03
Video Size: 101 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of attendees during the press conference of Egypt’s Planning Minister and International Cooperation held at the headquarters of the ministry
2- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“We are targeting at the end of the current fiscal year 2012/13 an economical growth of no less than 3 percent. We need to meet this target to achieve economic growth rate that exceeds 3 percent in the second half of the year.” 3- Various shots of attendees during the conference
4- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“Actually, the current economic situation is much more difficult even than it was after the revolution hence, we need to put all our political disputes aside. We need to reach a political consensus to overcome this difficult phase that the Egyptian economy is facing and to move forward.” 5- Various shots of the press conference
6- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“God willing, we expect to invite the IMF technical delegation within days and we will show you in details of the axes which the national program include that we will present to the IMF.” 7- Various shots of the press conference

STORYLINE:

Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby said on Thursday, February 21, in a press conference that the Egyptian economy grew only 2.2 percent in 2nd quarter of 2012/13, representing a 15.3 percent decrease on the previous quarter.

Al-Araby said that the first half of fiscal year 2012/13 (July-December) saw economic growth of 2.4 percent, which had been 0.1 percent lower than expected.

He said that the government is targeting economic growth of no less than 3 percent in the current fiscal year.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“We are targeting at the end of the current fiscal year 2012/13 an economical growth of no less than 3 percent. We need to meet this target to achieve economic growth rate that exceeds 3 percent in the second half of the year.”

He said that foreign investment in Egypt was almost non-existent in the six months to the end of December, illustrating the depth of the economic crisis that Egypt is facing.

He added that the country needed strong investment to reach the 7 percent annual economic growth rate commonly cited by economists as the level needed to lower unemployment and soak up new entrants to the labour market.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“Actually, the current economic situation is much more difficult even than it was after the revolution hence, we need to put all our political disputes aside. We need to reach a political consensus to overcome this difficult phase that the Egyptian economy is facing and to move forward.”

The Egyptian government plans within one week to invite an International Monetary Fund mission for talks, al-Araby said on Thursday.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“God willing, we expect to invite the IMF technical delegation within days and we will show you in details of the axes which the national program include that we will present to the IMF.”

Egypt reached an initial agreement with the IMF on the loan agreement in November but postponed final ratification in December because of political unrest at the time.

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Country wide sit in protest against S...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
19 Feb 2013

Shiite Muslims in Pakistan have once against staged sit-in protest across the country in solidarity with martyrs of Quetta, February 18, 2013, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
The protests in Quetta have refused to bury the bodies of 87 martyrs up to the fulfillment of demands.
In Karachi the protests have staged sit-in protest in Malir-15, Numaish Chowrangi, Five Star Chowrangi, Abbas Town, Incholi and Gulistan e Johar areas of the City.
They families of martyrs have demanded, the city should be handed over to the Army, targeted operation against the Deobandi-led militants, the government officials involve in killings of Shia Muslims should be sacked and their trial in courts should come in orders.

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Nepal Anti-government Protest (2 of 7)
Kathmandu
By Rajneesh Bhandari
08 Feb 2013

Supporters of Nepal's opposition parties take part in a mass rally in Kathmandu on Feb. 8, 2013. Opposition parties organized a mass meeting to bring down the UCPN(M) led government.

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Nepal Anti-government Protest (1 of 7)
Kathmandu
By Rajneesh Bhandari
08 Feb 2013

Nepali Congress leader Prakash Man Singh addresses a mass meeting organized by the opposition parties to bring down the UCPN(M) led government in Kathmandu on Feb. 8, 2013.

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Nepal Anti-government Protest (7 of 7)
Kathmandu
By Rajneesh Bhandari
08 Feb 2013

Supporters of Nepal's opposition parties take part in a mass rally organized in Kathmandu on Feb. 8, 2013. Opposition parties organized a mass meeting to bring down the UCPN(M) led government.

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Nepal Anti-government Protest (6 of 7)
Kathmandu
By Rajneesh Bhandari
08 Feb 2013

Supporters of Nepal's opposition parties shout slogans during a mass rally organized in Kathmandu on Feb. 8, 2013. Opposition parties organized a mass meeting to bring down the UCPN(M) led government.

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Nepal Anti-government Protest (5 of 7)
Kathmandu
By Rajneesh Bhandari
08 Feb 2013

A supporter of Nepal's opposition parties take part in a mass rally organized in Kathmandu on Feb. 8, 2013. Opposition parties organized a mass meeting to bring down the UCPN(M) led government.

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Nepal Anti-government Protest (4 of 7)
Kathmandu
By Rajneesh Bhandari
08 Feb 2013

A supporter shouts slogans during a mass rally organized by Nepal's opposition parties in Kathmandu on Feb. 8, 2013. Opposition parties organized a mass meeting to bring down the UCPN(M) led government.

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Nepal Anti-government Protest (3 of 7)
Kathmandu
By Rajneesh Bhandari
08 Feb 2013

Supporters of Nepal's opposition parties take part in a mass rally in Kathmandu on Feb. 8, 2013. Opposition parties organized a mass meeting to bring down the UCPN(M) led government.

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Nepal Anti-Government Protest
Kathmandu
By U.S. Editor
07 Feb 2013

Supporters of Nepal's opposition parties take part in a mass rally organized in Kathmandu on Feb. 8, 2013. Opposition parties organized a mass meeting to bring down the UCPN(M) led government.

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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President Shimon Peres receives offic...
Jerusalem, Israel
By NirAlon
30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem, Israel. 30-Jan-2013
Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein (L) hands President Shimon Peres (R) the official election results following public remarks made by both and the two shake hands closing a ceremony in the President's Residence.

President Peres receive official results of the Israeli elections for 19th Knesset from Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, Chair of Central Elections Committee. Peres is to begin round of consultations before appointing the task of forming the coalition.

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Uganda's Defense Chief General Aronda...
Kampala, Uganda
By U.S. Editor
24 Jan 2013

The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen. Aronda Nyakairima warned politicians not to take the country back to the past era of political turmoil.

Gen. Aronda's comments follow a recent statement by the Defense minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga who cautioned MPs to desist from conduct that undermines the public confidence in the legislature and can cause the army to intervene and take over government.

Dr Kiyonga was speaking in reaction to the rowdy scenes that engulfed Parliament during the debate of the recently passed Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill, 2012 when MPs became rowdy during the vote on a clause that gives powers to the oil minister over the petroleum authority.
The comments by Dr. Kiyonga have since generated a public debate over the matter.

Launching the Armed Forces Week at the Ministry of Defense headquarters in Mbuya, Gen. Aronda delivered a cautious statement after being asked by journalists to comment on Minister Kiyonga's statement.

"I can tell you that no orders have been issued. We are going about our usual business of guarding the country. But I think that the message was well-taken by those to whom it was intended. Stand warned," said Gen. Aronda Nyakairima.

"Stand advised that should you not change course, other things will take place. Let no one return us to the past. We experienced a quarter century of turmoil and we cannot afford to take the country back," added Aronda.

Present at the press conference were members of Parliament from the West Nile region. The Armed Forces Week will culminate into the celebration of Tarehe Sita day on February 6.

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Israel elections 2013 (4 of 7)
Jerusalem, Israel
By Nili Bassan
22 Jan 2013

Activists of the party "Ozma to Israel" are hanging a poster of their party in the entrance to a polling station in Jerusalem.

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Israel elections 2013 (2 of 7)
Jerusalem, Israel
By Nili Bassan
22 Jan 2013

A poster of Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem.

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Israel elections 2013 (1 of 7)
Abu-Gosh, Israel
By Nili Bassan
22 Jan 2013

An Arab woman is walking next to a poster of Shelly Yachimovich, head of the Labor party in the Arab village Abu-Gosh, on the way to Jerusalem.

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Israel elections 2013 (6 of 7)
Tiberias, Israel
By Nili Bassan
19 Jan 2013

A poster of Shelly Yachimovich, leader of Labor party behind flowers on a road in Tiberias, Israel.

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Israel elections 2013 (5 of 7)
Northern Israel
By Nili Bassan
19 Jan 2013

A poster of Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister in the north of Israel.

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Israel elections 2013 (7 of 7)
Serot, Israel
By Nili Bassan
18 Jan 2013

An armored bus stop in Serot, on the right a woman and child. The poster says "Going back home" with the face of Arie Deri from Shas party.

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The Midnight Protests
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
By Javed Iqbal
02 Jan 2013

Thousands of urban poor decided to sit-in at Azad Maidan over the last five days until the government gives a positive response to their demands for the right to housing, and for the government to investigate a Slum Rehabilitation scheme that has been displacing the people who it is meant to serve.

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The March For The Right To Housing
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
By Javed Iqbal
02 Jan 2013

Thousands of Mumbai's Urban poor started their march against the builder's lobby and for the right to a home on the 1st of January, 2013, and have been at a sit-in for the past three days waiting for the state government to respond to their demands.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By U.S. Editor
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference to speak directly to representatives of regional and international media.

Ivanishvili stated he does not plan on remaining in politics, and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister also discussed the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, and Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts, his visit to Azerbaijan, and planned negotiations with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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The prime minister of Georgia Bidzina...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions of representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the prime minister talked about the State Budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The prime minister has also talked about the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili also talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.