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« Reply #210 on: September 15, 2022, 09:03:08 PM »

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Fryda Andersen wins stage in Tour of Ardia



Fryda Andersen won the second stage in the Tour of Ardia, after she outrun her rivals in the last metres in a close mass sprint which required a photo finish. The veteran Juglander rider showed a strong performance barely several weeks after she obtained silver in the Azavrelia 2022 Mundus Games road race.

"We knew that it was going to be a complicated last kilometre", Andersen explained, "as the last curve so close to the finish was going to leave teams without time to organize themselves. I had strong legs today and I'm so happy to have won here today". It was the first win in the Tour of Ardia for the Juglander cyclist who will also wear the green jersey in tomorrow stage as the leader of the points classification.

"We always ride to win", she replied when she was asked if this changed her plans for the tour or it eased the team pressure for the following days. "We have come here with a strong team, and we have many options for the coming stages, as well as the general classification. As we say, the road will speak. But I expect it to be a quite open race this year. But we'll see. I do not expect big differences tomorrow, but it is going to be a tough day, I am sure".




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« Reply #211 on: September 17, 2022, 01:31:40 AM »

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Mktvartvelo: Supreme Court reviews same-sex marriage legislation


Mktvartvelo's Second Senate of the Supreme Court passed the preliminary review of the Fairness and Equality Act, which was passed two months ago introducing for first time same-sex marriage in the legal body of the country. The majority opinion of the view was highly critical of the legislation and was passed by a 5-3 vote. The review came following a legal appeal by 28 members of the National Assembly, who argued that the introduction of same-sex marriage in Mktvartvelo would be a violation of the constitutional order.

The majority opinion argued that some clauses of the legislation may be in contradiction with the Charter of Khisjvari, which is considered the basic constitutional text of the Unitary State of Mktvartvelo (even if, officially, the country has not a written constitution). "By considering the question in abstract, the legislators seemed willing to evade any obstacle by moving in circles in their reasoning", they argued, "however, the National Assembly can not ignore or selectively choose the founding principles that empowered and limited their own power and competences".

The minority opinion, on the other hand, argued against a "subjective and circumstantial reading...which is against the basic distinction between civil and religious judiciary in our legal order" and holding the opinion that "the caution and prudence of our role and duties should be enough warning to weigh in the terrain of intentions, motivations, and acts either foreign or unconnected to the written law".

However, the review will not be legally binding, and the final ruling will not be determined until a coming joint session of the Supreme Court, which is expected to be held in the coming days or weeks.


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« Reply #212 on: September 17, 2022, 11:43:08 AM »

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Mktvartvelo: Armed Forces successfully tests new military missiles in naval exercise



The Mktvartvelo's Armed Forces tested cruise missiles in a naval exercise north to the Gulf of Safraen, in international waters, national media has reported.

Skhivi-1 and Karishkhali-27, developed by Mktvartvelo's defense corporation Parebi Systems, were successfully tested during the exercise, the former destroying targets at a distance of 260 km, the official report announced. Both models were completed as part of the Joint Defense Development Program in cooperation from the Ministry of Defense, although they were previously developed by Parebi Systems. A spokesperson of the ministry has declared that they are hopeful that new prototypes of Skhivi-1 are expected to have the missiles' range extended but gave no more details.

The exercise also included the launch of two Kukhili-2 medium-range cruise missile from Mktvartvelo's soil. Minister of Defense Brdzeni Chavchavadze described both the exercise and the tests as "fully successfull", declaring that the tests paves the way for likely early induction of the new system into Mktvartvelo's armed forces.

"The successful tests are in line with our government compromise toward increasing and empowering our nation's defense capabilities in accordance to be able to have credible minimum deterrence and our policy to assuring peace and defense through strength", Chavchavadze declared. He described the exercise as a success in "results, organization, and operation". Later, the Ministry of Defense released a video which broadcast images of projectiles being launches from both the ground and the air, with drones in the air and buouyant targets in the sea being hit.



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« Reply #213 on: September 18, 2022, 05:39:25 PM »

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Young cycling talent dies in Mktvartvelo


Local media has reported this morning the death of Merab Djobadze, 23, a promising Mktvartvelian cyclist, has died as the result of a traffic accident nearby Chiaiki, northern Mktvartvelo.

Djobadze was training along his cousin, who rides for an amateur cycling team, when he was hit by a truck. According to the reports, the truck's rearview mirror impacted against Djobadze's back of the neck. The fall caused him the fracture of several ribs and serious damage on his spleen. When emergency services arrived to the scene, he was declared dead.

The news has touched the Mktvartvelian cycling sphere, and sports in general, with many sportpeople expressing their condolences for the death of the young rider either through the media or in social media. Riders like Shalva Kvachantiradze, Ramaz Gamkrelidze, Givi Sopromadze, Tariel Kipiani, Levan Chabradze, as well as his teammate Juglander rider Asketyll Omdahl, are expected to attend his funeral, and cycling races worldwide have announced moments of silence and others forms of sympathy for the deceased rider. Rider Tamaz Kvekvskiri declared Djobadze's death as "a personal and national loss".

Djobadze was considered one of the most talented riders of his generation, with a highly successful career in the junior category, including winning twice the Mktvartvelo's Junior National Championship. He became professional in 2020, showing proof soon of his talent, winning races such as the Ozukrha Cycling Race, Gazapkhuli Grand Prix, and the Nordheim-Sandberg Classic, as well as winning two stages in the Tour of Mktvartvelo. In 2021, he finished 11th in the Tour of Ardia, winning as well as the Youth classification, which was considered for many as his presentation in the international peloton.

He joined MKT-ZSD team in late 2021, but his plans for the next season had to be postponed after he suffered a serious crash during the Tour of Samkhreti in which he broke several bones and was forced into a long and slow recovery. The accident did not affect his will, his friends have claimed, working hard for his recovery and his return to the competition. This finally happened last August, when he returned to Tour of Mtakaris, finishing 37th. Three weeks ago, he finished third in the Drozapkhulis Grand Prix, and he seemed to move to the right path, as it was expected that he may be included in MKT-ZSD squad for the coming Tour of Ardia.

Sadly, those dreams vanished today.


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« Reply #214 on: September 23, 2022, 10:18:52 PM »

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Mktvartvelo: Council of State strikes down electoral reform



Mktvartvelo's Council of State, the Upper House of the parliament, rejected both the Electoral Commission Act and the Voting Reform Act, by a 81-48 and 78-51 vote, respectively. Both laws had been previously passed by the National Assembly, introducing important legal chances on the right to vote and the organization and funding of campaigns. The result was a clear setback against of Prime Minister Bidzina Samkharadze's government.

As a consequence, both legislation will return to the National Assembly, in which they will require a 400 of 599 vote to become law. As both legislation are highly contested by conservative MPs as well as an important faction of what is often described as the "Moderate Faction" of the National Assembly, it is considered unlikely that the legislation would achieve that clear support. Instead, many expect weeks and even months of negotiations, of uncertain result, in an attempt to convince moderate representatives in either the National Assembly or the Council of State.

Prime Minister Bidzina Samkharadze has declared that, although disappointed, he respects the decision of the Council of State. Notwithstanding, he promised that his government will continue to work for a way to improve the electoral system toward a more fair and balanced one, that improves the freedom of choice and political participation of the Mktvartvelian people, he declared. Sources from the government have declared their confidence that such reform will be able to be achieved before the next legislative election, which are to be held on February, before the end of the current year.



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« Reply #215 on: October 01, 2022, 12:38:16 PM »
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Sygnyr Mydland finishes third in Tour of Ardia




Kommuna Ladies Sygnyr Mydland finished third in the women's Tour of Ardia, becoming the first Juglander rider to achieve the podium in the Ardian stage tour. While she started the tour neither as one of the favourites nor her team main contender for the general classification, the young Juglander showed a great consistency through the race, from least to most, particularly in hilly and mountain stages. She took the third place in the podium in the last stage, finishing five minutes behind the Tour of Ardia winner, Alisa Maksimon.

"At first, of course", Mydland declared, "this was not my objective. But day after day, I felt I had the legs, feeling better and try to give my best. I'm proud what we have achieved, and this could not have been possible without the team working this last day", she added in reference to the last stage. Mydland also clearly won the Youth classification and contributed so Kommuna Ladies could win the Team classification for first time.

The Juglander rider, after some rest, is expected to finish her season focusing in the last races in the Mundus Cycling Cup as well as the Nordheim-Sandberg Classic. Mydland is expected to continue next season in the Juglander cycling team, after a season which was certainly marked her consacration in both the team and the peloton, with a 5th place in the Lacuna Classic earlier this season, and a stage win and a second place in the Tour of Khelvakheli last Summer.




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« Reply #216 on: October 19, 2022, 08:21:52 PM »

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Tour of Ardia: Asketyll Omdahl wins "Queen stage"



Juglander rider Asketyll Omdahl, riding for MKT-ZSD, won the last mountainous stage of the 2022 Tour of Ardia, after launching a long-distance attack. The young Juglander rider showed that he can also perform comfortably in the highest climbs, winning the 248-km stage, considered the "queen stage" of this Tour of Ardia.

The victory is certainly a confirmation and culmination of a great season for Omdahl, who also won the Lacuna Classic and the Tour of Mdinare, as well as a bronze medal in the Azavrelia Mundus Games.

It was the second stage win for a Juglander rider in this Tour of Ardia, after  Walden Gjeldnes won in the fifth stage. As consequence of his win, Omdahl climbed to the sixth place in the general classification.

The generation classification also had another important changes, after Thanh Chau Huynh crossed the finish more than nine minutes after the Juglander rider. With only one stage to finish the tour,  Vadim Viktorov took the general classification with one minute and forty-nine seconds ahead of Achkaerinese Timothy Coulter before the final individual time-stage. Despite his bad day today, Thanh Cahu Huynh retains a clear advantage to at least keep his place in the final podium over Vespasianus Nissus, the best local rider, and his teammate the Djabidjani Amechi Toplis.



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« Reply #217 on: October 21, 2022, 09:25:18 PM »

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Mktvartvelo: Supreme Court gives final ruling on same-sex marriage legal challenge




Mktvartvelo's Supreme Court has issued a new ruling, in which the court has assessed the constitutionality of the Fairness and Equality Act, passed by the National Assembly a few months ago. The ruling, which is legally a binding assessment which can not be appealed, has reviewed negatively a number of articles and clauses of the legislation, including the most well-known consequence of the law, as it is the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide in the Unitary State of Mktvartvelo.

In their ruling, the Supreme Court's justices have rewritten 6 articles, suspended 2 and dictated the interpretation for 17 more, mostly those dealing with same-sex couples, positive discrimation and other policies aimed to improve inclusiveness and equality of opportunities, and disability and minorities protections.

The ruling was passed by a 10-4 majority, and it has highly critical not just with some of the articles and clauses but with the preamble, language, and reasoning of important sections of the act. "The legislators seem to have confused the purpose of the powers, rights, and duties granted to them and the institution they represent, and lose themselves in abstract and ideological justifications as if they were forced to find or discover new sources of legitimacy", argued the final ruling. "On the contrary, the own legislators seem to concede their own weakness", it continued in one of the most critical passages of the ruling, "when they try to move through loopholes even if they will later will return to perform as if they were legislators of a constituent assembly and not moving in a proper instutional framework".

The ruling judged that the legislation violated the Charter of Khisjvari in particular the article establishing that the state authorities shall take the religious beliefs of the Mktvartvelo's society into account and shall consequently maintain proper cooperation with the religious authorities. "This, of course, does not mean that religious authorities and their institutional representatives were granted a right of veto over the parliament and other state institutions", the ruling argued, "but the lawmakers went a stop beyond by ignoring altogether both the secular and religious jurisprudence as well as the official doctrine of the religious authorities which oversee the institutional, social, and personal framework of a clear majority of the society toward authorities, including executive, legislative and judiciary powers, have the duty to protect and serve".

"It is not between the rights and duties of the legislative power to discuss and establish the true nature of legal and social institution as marriage", the ruling later continues, "as that nature and purpose is well established through jurisprudence, tradition, custom, social life, and through the free choice and social relations of citizens every day". As a consequence, the Supreme Court definitively suspends and nullifies male same-sex marriage as a violation of the Charter of Khisjvari and the sources of Mktvartvelo's judiciary system, even in the form of non-religious civil marriage.  "It would be nothing but a legal and institutional dereliction to ignore that it is not between the rights [of the National Assembly] to determine the purpose of marriage, as this purpose is already well established".

In opposition to the final ruling, a dissenting opinion was issued, which have the support of three justices, arguing against the final ruling. "While the majority feels compelled to remind us the duties and limits of the power and responsibility that the Charter granted to the legislature -an assessment and principle that this opinion can only concurs-, it dares to enter toward a hermeneutical reasoning that it established the legal framework and duties to the judiciary, including the same institution that it created and which we have the privilege to serve, even to the head of state himself, who was himself the origin and source of the Charter itself".

The ruling has received rather mixed reactions, as neither suspended the legislation as a whole, as called the appeal to the court by legislators from the opposition that caused the ruling, nor affect the de facto establishment of female same-sex marriage in Mktvartvelo as consequence of the final assessment of the court, which has been ambiguously been received by pro-LGBT organizations. On the other hand, a government spokesperson has declared that "while disappointed...we respect and accept the final assessment of the [Supreme] Court".


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« Reply #218 on: October 22, 2022, 11:46:12 AM »

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Tour of Ardia: MKT-ZSD Asketyll Omdahl finishes sixth



Asketyll finished second in the Tour of Ardia last stage, a 17.4 individual time trial, thirty-four seconds behind the stage winner, Daitojin Naozumi Iga. He did not seem to pay the efforts of the previous day, when he won the last mountain stage after a far attack and leaving behind the riders from the breakaway. Omdahl showed that his improvements in other terrains have not affected his performance against the clock, not exactly a surprise given that Omdahl won the Jugland Individual Time-Trial Championship in 2020, at the age of 23.

His performance not only helped him to easily keep the sixth position in the general classification but he was close to climb to the fifth place, as he finished only eighteen seconds behind Djabidani Amechi Toplis, who lost more than minute to Omdahl, finishing almost two minutes behind the stage winner. Unexpectedly, it was not the only and main intrigue of the day, as Vadim Viktorov lost fifty seconds to Achkerinese Timothy Coulter, winning the Samantran rider the Tour of Ardia with a difference of fifty-nine seconds, the lowest difference between champion and runner-up since 2017.

Omdahl, who besides winning one stage and finishing for first time in the top ten in the Tour of Ardia also finished second in the Youth classification, is expected to have a well deserved rest and he will not travel with the rest of his team to Marseilles, rather finishing the season in the Tour of Maru.

After a season that the Juglander rider won one-day races such as Tour of Mdinare and Lacuna Classic, as well as finishing third in the Mundus Games Road Race, he also showed that he is able to have consistency in stage races, even more as he started this Tour of Ardia with the main role to assist Tariel Kapiani in the general classification.

This situation has led to new rumours about a possible depart from the Mktvartvelian team, MKT-ZSD. However, Omdahl seemed to not be concerned about those rumours. "I have another year of contract", he declared, "and I am happy what we have done and experienced this season, my best season in fact, since I am a professional. I hope to continue this path the rest of the season and, of course, the next season".



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« Reply #219 on: November 25, 2022, 11:35:34 PM »

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Mktvartvelo: Union calls for national strike in support of political reforms



The All-Mktvartvelian Labour Union (SMSK), one of the two largest unions in Mktvartvelo, have approved the call for a nationwide strike, a proposal backed by their General Secretary Merab Dekanozishvili but it was only officially approved in their last national conference, held earlier this week. A late intervention by Otar Basalaiashvili, a veteran union leader, helped to gain the support of some critics of the initiative in the union organization.

The national conference agreed a two-page manifesto in which they argue the reasons and aims of the announced two-day national strike: a reform in the collective bargaining system as well as approval of "civil rights legistation", as the manifesto described, particularly electoral and campaigning reform, legislation which was introduced by Bidzina Samkharadze's government and passed in the National Assembly but failed to get passed in the Council of State. While the national government has insisted in their hopes that new negotiations will be able to advance the aimed reforms, at least to some extent, so far those negotiations have been fruitless.

The announcement came as a surprise as political strikes are not legal in the Unitary State of Mktvartvelo. The last nationwide strike was actually held almost a century ago, in 1929, and even labour strikes required an established and relatively long administrative process. However, some have commented that the decision, if it were kept, it would put the national government in a rather uncomfortably position, forced to either suppress or contain those calling for reforms that the own government promoted and attempted to pass.

"Any political or social organization should be aware that social responsibility and respect to the law should be basic principles in their conduct...It should not be required to remind that no one is about the law, including the government", a government spokesperson declared". A liberal-leaning MP even described the proposal as a "political provocation".

The other large union in the country, the Confederation of Workers and Independent Professionals, or MDPK, have expressed that they do not plan to support the general strike and they will abstain to support any political mobilization.


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« Reply #220 on: November 27, 2022, 09:34:59 AM »

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First same-sex marriages held in Mktvartvelo



A couple from Sachkhumi, became the first same-sex wedding officiated under the Order of Simartlea in the Unitary State of Mktvartvelo. While the details about the wedding remain private, it was described as a traditional ceremony according to an acquaintance of the couple. The first same-sex marriage was between two woman in Azavrelia, in a civil marriage, officiated two weeks earlier.

Same-sex marriage became a reality after the National Assembly passed the Fairness and Equality Act a few months ago. However, Mktvartvelo's Supreme Court that same-sex marriage was not constitutionally available, even in the form of civil marriages, for male same-sex couples.

The decision, which was regarded as highly controversial, has divided both the general population and the LGBT community in Mktvartvelo, between those who see it as a first step toward the right decision or a violation of the principle of equality for all.

"We're saddened by the ruling and we will continue to fight until marriage is a right for everyone, independently of their religion or gender", Temur Keburia, a veteran LGBT activist declared. "The fight toward both equality and freedom for everyone and toward to a truly secular state will be more inseparable than ever". While a minority in the community has called to reject to get married before full gender equality in the issue is achieved, as an act of protest, many female couples are preparing to officialize their couples in either civil or religious ceremonies.

Support for same-sex marriage has risen to a 52% according to a recent poll. On the other hand, opposition for same-sex marriage has been decreased from 39% to 14%, while those agreeing with the Supreme Court decision registered a 31%.

Despite this, many in the LGBT community, despite the first same-sex marriages being officiated, there will be still a long way before the community could break the barriers of discrimination they still face in the country. As a large majority of marriages in Mktvartvelo, particularly those who belong to the Order of Simartlea, are arranged marriages, not every family is likely to embrace the new legislation, forcing young women to break with their families in many cases.


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« Reply #221 on: December 01, 2022, 10:37:03 PM »

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Martvilisi club wins women's football league in Mktvartvelo



FC Martvilisi became the first champions of Mktvartvelo's women's football league, also known as KMPPL or KLIGA 1, after defeating FC Tsagedia by 2-3.

Defensive midfielder Natela Sotkivala became the unexpected hero of the day, after she scored one goal and two assistances against the modest club from Tsagedia.

With only one match day to the end of the season, FC Martvilisi proclaimed themselves champions as their lead increased to five points before the final week, after their main rivals, favourite Olimpi Azavrelia drew 0-0 in their derby match against FC Azavrelia.

Olimpi Azavrelia was the main favourite to conquest the title, as they had won the Mktvartvelo's Super Cup (recently renamed as Brzdmtsveli Cup) 12 times between 1989 and 2021, more than any other women's football club. Next weekend, the club from Azavrelia would have still a chance to win a title this season, as they will precisely play the Brzdmtsveli Cup final against FC Khashumi.

Although the title was decided, it is expected to be a quite tense match day, as four clubs will fight to avoid the other place that leads to relegation to second division, along FC Jvarisi, who lost yesterday against Orbi Baghdatsqaro by 1-0.




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« Reply #222 on: December 03, 2022, 12:23:30 PM »

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Supreme Court judge announces retirement


Justice Otar Komashvili, who joined the Mktvartvelo's Supreme Court in 2014, has announced his retirement due to health reasons.

Komashvili, 69, was due to retirement in late 2023. However, in a written statement, he has lamented that he has decided to resign for the well-being of the institution he declares "I am proud to serve and dedicate the best of my experience and knowledge". In the last five years, he had also served as Chairman of the Second Senate of the Supreme Court. Komashvili has also rumoured to have been a member of the controversial Mktvartvelian Brotherhood, a fact he has neither confirmed nor denied.

Komashvili was considered a conservative-leaning faction in the Supreme Court, and he endorsed the review which argued against important provision on the anti-discrimination and same-sex marriage legislation which finally saw important articles either suspended and rewritten, more importantly restricting same-sex marriage in Mktvartvelo to female couples. As Komashvili is one of the two justices directly nominated and appointed by the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers, it is expected that a more liberal-leaning justice may be appointed. However, it is not expected this would have an important impact in the court, which would still have a clear majority of conservative-leaning and moderate-leaning members.


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« Reply #223 on: December 04, 2022, 09:22:55 PM »

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Olimpi Azavrelia wins 2022 Brzdmtsveli Cup



Olimpi Azavrelia defeated FC Kashumi 2-1 to win the Brzdmtsveli Cup. The celebrations were preceded by a evenly-matched and tense match as the club from Azavrelia faced more opposition than expected from FC Kashumi, currently 7th in the Mktvartvelo's national league. The final was held in Ktsatskuri National Stadium.

Eter Guramashvili had scored the first goal for Olimpi Azavrelia in the first minutes in the match. Olimpi Azavrelia had control of the ball and many chances to score more goals during the first half. However, a rebound after a corner kick allowed FC Kashumi to equalize the score.

It was not until minute 79, when Juglander defender Ayami Shimura assisted Guramashvili to score the final goal which gave the title to Olimpi Azavrelia. The Mktvartvelian scored was also granted the MVP of the match.

After today final, Olimpi Azavrelia inscreases their lead in the history of the cup, the oldest in women's football in Mktvartvelo, as it was their 13th title, the first since the cup was renamed as Brzdmtsveli Cup.

It was also the first time that the winners were granted with a monetary prize, which was established close to $120,000. It is expected that the players will offer the title to their fans in the final league match next week, when Olimpi Azavrelia faces Orbi Baghdatsqaro.



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« Reply #224 on: December 06, 2022, 12:07:47 PM »
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Mezgvauri Azavrelia conquests Mktvartvelo's men's football league



Mezgvauri Azavrelia proclaimed the first champions of the MPPL, Mktvartvelo's football league. The club from Azavrelia were the favourite to win the first league title in men's football, as they only needed to draw at home against FC Locomotive Lagotsminda, a small club fighting to avoid relegation, having Mezgvauri Azavrelia a favourable goal average and goal difference against the closest rivals, FC Ketilshobili, who were two points behind before the start of the final match day.

However, Mazgvauri Azavrelia, while facing no obstacles to control the match, faced more problems than expected against Locomotive Lagotsminda overcrowded defense. Meanwhile, FC Ketilshobili had no problems to put pressure on their Azavrelia rivals, as they were able to score soon in their final match against FC Ninodekhi, which ended with a 3-0 win for the home team.

Both fear and tension could be felt in Mezgvauri Azavrelia stadium when FC Locomotive Lagotsminda striker's shot hit the goalpost at minute 81. The goal would have given the title to FC Ketilshobili as well as saving the club from Lagotsminda from relegation. Minutes before, Mezgvauri Azavrelia's captain Eldar Akhvlediani had missed the chance of scoring a penalty kick.

However, both teams failed to score, and the match ended with a goalless match. Joy and celebration erupted from both the local team on the field and the fans in the stadium. On the other hand, while a draw away against the powerful club from Azavrelia would have been a great result, the players from Locomotive Lagotsminda were devastated, as this result left them last in the classification and relegated to the second division. A win would had been enough for the club from Lagotsminda, as both their rivals FC Abakha and FC Sachkhumi had lost their matches that evening. However, as disappointing their first season may have been, it is expected that they will return soon to the elite with such a spirit they showed on the field.

Pos   Club                       Points    W    D    L     Goals for  Goals against   
1Mezgvauri Azavrelia6920956922
2 FC Ketilshobili6921676331
3Saburtalo Martvilisi 6720774723
4Merani Khashumi 6419785129
5FC Azavrelia57176114536
6Tsiteli Raindi Abakha55167113026
7FC Dedoplisaghi461113103633
8Mglebi Jvarumi441111123736
9Olimpi Azavrelia441111123740
10FC Tsnumi41125172432
11Merani Baghdatsqaro411011132743
12Mamatsi Zugdilisi401010142833
13FC Ktsatskuri38814122339
14FC Duruji Tsakha36812143146
15FC Ninodekhi3396192236
16FC Sachkhumi32711162947
17FC Abakha3187193349
18FC Locomotive Lagotsminda                   3079181445


Along FC Locomotive Lagotsminda, FC Abakha was relegated to Mktvartvelo's Second Division, while FC Sachkhumi will face an extra playoff to avoid relegation.

Mezgvauri Azavrelia will have next week a chance to win a second title this season, as they will face FC Azavrelia in the Sakhelmtsi Cup.






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Mezgvauri Azavrelia wins Mktvartvelo's men's football cup



Mezgvauri Azavrelia defeated Azavrelia FC 3-2 to win the Sakhelmtsi Cup, the most important annual knockout competition in Mktvartvelo in men's football, winning what some has described as "the first double", as last week Mezgvauri Azavrelia won the men's league as well.

Mezgvauri Azavrelia took the lead early, although Azavrelia was able to overcome the results with goals before and immediately after the half time. However, Azavrelia FC resistance was finally defeated between minutes 59 and 66, when Kvalheim and Melkadze scored for Mezgvauri Azavrelia, unleashing the joy of the fans. Mezgvauri Azavrelia team had many chances to score another goal to increase their lead but it was unable to so. Azavrelia FC had their chance in the final minutes, when they sieged their rival goal with constant long passes, but Mezgvauri defenders were able to keep their rivals at bay to win the title.

The final, which was held in Ktsatskuri, was a tense match but both teams showed sportmanship at the end of the match, with Azavrelia FC players congratulating, even if disappointed, their rivals. However, riot police was required to intervene in the surroundings of the stadium, as fans from both teams crashed, resulting in minor property damages.



Jugland: Local elections offer a changing political landscape

Local elections in Jugland, which elected mayors and council representatives in Jugland's 18 regional districts, have left a feeling of uncertainty about the political landscape of the Coft Aranye territory, six months before the 2023 legislative and governorate election.

It is expected that only 5 of 18 incumbent mayors will be reelected, the lowest number since 2010. The election results supposed a serious blow for the Constitutional Party, the leading political party in Jugland since its formation in 2002, as only two of six Constitutional Party incumbent mayors were reelected, their lowest number ever, as the moderate party struggled to remain as the fourth most voted political party nationwide.

The Progressive Liberal Party was the most voted political party, and their candidates obtained important victories in Fjellstadt, Mjodde, and Midtenstadt, as well as becoming for first time the political party with most local representatives in a local election. However, the result was slightly disappointing for them, as their share of the vote was quite lower than polls had suggested.

The National Democratic Party was the second most voted political party, although their poor result both outside Albrektberg metropolitan area and in non-majority Csletian districts left them with only 2-3 mayor candidates elected. In contrast, the Green Party obtained their best result in a local election, finishing close to the Constitutional Party but, more importantly, likely obtaining three mayors.

The Reiwa Party, which was close to surpass for first time the Constitutional Party had a bitter result, although the surge of the Betse coalition, a political platform created only four months ago from former Reiwa members left them with a likely loss of three mayors, from 4 to 1. Meanwhile, the separatist Freedom Party, while doubling their votes, lost their only mayor in Midtenstadt, after their incumbent mayor lost against a Progressive Liberal Party candidate.











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Defector Reiwa party candidate elected in Nishikaigan



Nishikaigan council confirmed one of the surprises of the recent local elections in Jugland, as they elected Shimura Akane as mayor, who had defeated expectations being the largest voted candidate in Nishikaigan district, over her rivals from the Progressive Liberal Party and the Freedom Party. Nishikaigan is one of the twelve Albrektberg metropolitan districts, with about 220,000 inhabitants in the last census.

Shimura, 54, had obtained a 29% of the vote. Under Juglander law, a mayor candidate needs to obtain at least a 35% of the vote to be directly elected, leaving the decision to the local council if that threshold is not achieved. However, Shimura achieved to become mayor of Nishikaigan due to the support of representatives from Freedom Party, a libertarian and separatist political party.

Shimura was previously a leading member of the Reiwa Party, serving as local representative, the Legislative Assembly (twice, from 2008 to 2010, and again from 2014 to 2022) as even as Juglander representative in Mktvartvelo's National Assembly from 2010 to 2013. She was long rumoured to be a governorate or even aspiring deputy leader of the Reiwa Party. However, earlier this year, she announced her resignation from the Reiwa party, mentioning "important policy and pragmatic differences" with the party leadership.

She was candidate for the Betse ("Alternative") Coalition, an organization launched only a few months ago, which candidates were all independent candidates belonging to the Yamato-minority as Shimura, who was considered the de facto leader of the coalition, and the only candidate who was the most voted candidate in a district (with former mayor Asamura Ryutaro who was second in Fukugen district). The platform of the new coalition included both center-right and center-left positions, with support for "true right of self-determination" for the Gulf of Safraen territory, but mostly focused on local issues. However, after their positive results this election, many expect that the Betse coalition will attempt to repeat this success in the next year election.



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Workers stage controversial general strike in Mktvartvelo



Schools and transport were disrupted as workers and union activists participated in a two-day general strike called by the All-Mktvartvelian Labour Union (SMSK), the second largest union organization in the Unitary State of Mktvartvelo.

The unprecedented general strike was not legally sanctioned, which has put the national government in a complicated situation. The organizers of the general strike issued a twelve-point manifesto in which called to implement several pending civil and political reforms that the new national government has promoted or tried to pass in the parliament, including electoral and campaign reforms. The national government seemed to avoid a nationwide strategy against the strike. In some towns, police tried to avoid any disruption in transport and business, with hundreds of arrest through the country. However, in other cities, police simply identified activists, particularly as they attempted to close business or blocked streets and squares, aiming to bring them to court but without interferring in the mobilization or appear in disrupted companies by the strike. Opposition lawmakers have strongly criticized this mode of action in cities like Azavrelia, Martvilisi, or Lagotsminda, accusing the government of failing to act and committing a breach of trust in favour of the organizers of the strike, which government spokespeople have strongly denied as well.

The organized also called for legal changes on the collective bargaining agreements, judiciary reform, as well as, maybe not without some irony, to constitutionally grant the unconditional right to strike. Through demonstration and rallies organized through the country, protestors and activists also called for higher wages and more investment in education and healthcare. The organizers have called the first day of strike as a "strong success" but expect a higher turnout tomorrow. The national government has disagreed with such appraisal, declaring that they were minor disruptions in the national economy outside the transportation and education sectors, arguing that electric consumption nationwide barely experienced a minor decrease. The government also warned about serious legal consequences against all those involved in breaking the law, although it seems the government strategy is to leave to the courts that decision, which would be predictably ruled by local and regional courts, despite rumours that police had the authority to arrest organizers once the mobilization had started.

The Confederation of Workers and Independent Professionals (MDPK), largest union in Mktvartvelo, did not participate in the general strike and even officially advised their members to not join them, considering it a violation of the labour code. However, the MDPK leadership finally decided against to take any disciplinary action against members who joined the mobilization or participated in the strike. It has been widely reported that many MDPK members joined the demonstratiosn in many cities and even decided not to attend to their jobs. However, the MDPK leadership earlier assessed that most of their members did not really joined the strike, judging the general turnout in key industrial sectors.

A small demonstration was called in Albrektberg, which was attended by local unions and political organizations, in which SMSK representatives addressed attendants about their demands. The demonstration ended without incidents.




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Sports: Seo Hye-mi joins Jugland's Kommuna Ladies



Djabidjani rider Seo Hye-mi has announced that she will join Jugland-based Kommuna Ladies cycling team next season, which had been rumoured for weeks.

The young sprinter was one of the main surprises in the Mundus women's cycling peloton last season. While she had not significant results outside her home country before 2021, she ended in the top ten in three Mundus Cycling Cup races in 2022 and, more importantly, winning two stages as well as the points classification in the Tour of Ardia.

The rider will sign for Kommuna Ladies for a three-year contract, as she confirmed in a statement in social media.

"These years at DEK Yeoseong-Fanm have been wonderful and they have helped me to grow both as a rider and a person", Seo Hye-mi wrote. "However, I have decided that it was time to a new challenge. While I'm leaving many friends behind, whom I am so grateful, I am at the same time extremely happy to join a hugely prestigious team. It is a honour that they put their trust in me, and I am eager to get to know my teammates to fight for every race we'll be in during the new season. I will do my best so the team can continue with their successful path while I desire the best for all those who were my teammates and friends in these last happy years".

Kommuna Ladies confirmed the announcement and it is expected that she will join the team in their first training camp next week. While it has not been confirmed when the new rider will make her debut with her new team, it is expected that she will focus on the Mundus Cycling Cup events.


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Social justice protests expand in Mktvartvelo



A wave of protests have expanded to at least fifteen large cities in Mktvartvelo. The movement, known as "Tsvlileba Tsvlilebistvis" (literally meaning "Change For a Change"), has gained the support of thousands of supporter, particularly being active in universities around the country. While the movement originally gathered on demanding electoral reform and higher investment in education, the protests soon started to focus on other relates issues such as costs of living, education reform, social housing, secularism, and even demands relating to the social and power structure in the Unitary State of Mktvartvelo.

The movement was started over a month ago by Tsisana, a young student from Azavrelia, who after participating in the two-day general strike called by the union SMSK, decided to camp in one central square in Azavrelia. She slept for several days in her tent, in which she hung a small banner with several demands or proposals. Such unusual act of protests, which at first only gathered a few friends and curious passersby, gained attention when three days later she started a hunger strike which was covered by the local media. In the coming days, other protesters, mostly young people, joined Tsisana with their own tents. They organized a public assembly in which they agreed in a list of demands which was posted online. A similar protests was imitated in other cities, including Ktsatskuri, but it was only a month ago when the movement started to gather widespread attention, after a large demonstration was organized in Azavrelia which gathered thousands of people. Last week, the movement launched a nationwide "protest day" which, according the organizators, gathered more than 4 million people nationwide.

While there have been other political and social protest movements in Mktvartvelo in recent decades, this new movement has gathered people from different social, economic, and even religious backgrounds which has happened much more rarely in the country. Although the movement was received coldly by most of written media, the protesters were able to spread their message through television and social media.

The protests seem to have increasingly put Bidzina Samkharadze's government in a complicated position, with national elections being held in about a month. Initially, the protests gained understanding, if not mild sympathy, from some pro-government lawmakers and members of the government as Minister Nino Shalikashvili who praised youth people who are not afraid to make sound their voices peacefully "even when I may disagree with their methods and the feasibility of their demands". However, as time goes by, the protests have gained a more critical and negative portrayal and opinion from both politicians and the media. So far, the Prime Minister himself has avoided to openly address the issue beyond a recent declaration that "the government respect the freedom of expression and assembly of all citizens" during a recent parliamentary debate. However, as long as the noise in the streets continue, the prospects of the government may be looming, despite some attented legislative reforms were close to some of the initial demands of the protestors, as Mktvartvelo's voters will go to the polls in a few weeks.


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