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Archive October 2006 - September 2011

Minority government replaced by caretaker government

29 SEPTEMBER 2011 - The Ĕrevi Śviveź (Friends of Europe) minority government has fallen after prime minister Galine Pańńiub-Koka turned out not to be able to sufficiently explain to the Dume what her exact role was in the shootings in the prison in Kusk in January this year. Mrs. Pańńiub was minister of justice at that time. Although she herself denies to have known what was really going on then, several witnesses claim that things she said or did at the time prove that she must have known about it.

The chairman of the Dume, Ăŕva Tŭle, has now formed a caretaker government which will be responsible for the current affairs only until a new government can be formed. Several important issues are now postponed until after the 19 November elections, such as the ratification of the FICT treaty and - more importantly - the passing of the 2012 budget. The referendum on 22 October about the Adzhatian flag will take place as scheduled.

Suicides in Kusk prison were 'barbaric executions', report says

21 SEPTEMBER 2011 - A series of deaths that hit the prison on the north eastern island of Kusk in January this year, may have been not just a series of unlinked suicides as the ministry of justice always claimed that it was, but nothing less than an execution of rioting prisoners. This is stated in a ministry report that was found yesterday by an employee of the newspaper Śaizeźiś Jatća in the 8.51 bus from Ashtinok to Ħŭŕć. The man, who wishes to remain unknown, instead of bringing the report to the police, gave it to his superiors, who published it in this morning's edition.

According to the report, a riot almost got out of hand and prisoners were on their way of forcing their way out of the prison, when prison guards opened fire at them, killing 22. The deaths were initially kept secret from the public. In the weeks thereafter, the prison announced 22 'suicides' that they claimed to have taken place on separate occasions.

In a first reaction, prime minister Pańńiub has called the event 'shocking and barbaric, if at all true' and has called for an investigation. At the time of the supposed execution however, mrs. Pańńiub was the minister of justice. Few reactions of political parties were heard so far, but Bohatiŕ Ŭććaŕa, leader of the New Communist Party (which has 3 seats out of 142 in the Dume) already called for the resignation of the prime minister.

Secializdźiś leave government; elections to be held in November

14 SEPTEMBER 2011 - The social-democratic party Secializdźiś have left the government coalition yesterday, after a dispute between the party's government ministers and its parliamentary group about the 2012 budget. Although a majority in the Dume supported the budget as proposed by the government, the members of the Secializdźiś parliamentary group did not, wanting more money to go to health care in stead of defense. When the final voting was imminent that would have passed the budget, the Secializdźiś parliamentary group submitted a no confidence motion against the government. This motion was not put to the vote, because all the Secializdźiś ministers stepped down before the discussion about it was over. President Bekina accepted the resignation of the ministers, which include prime minister Ŕanije Erijeź.

The other coalition party, Ĕrevi Śviveź (Friends of Europe), agreed to form a minority government until a new majority government can be formed. The party's leader and minister of justice Galine Pańńiub-Koka will be prime minister until after early elections, which are to be held on Saturday 19 November of this year.

Mrs. Erijeź has expressed a deep disappointment in her fellow party members. She called the members of the parliamentary group "selfish and irresponsible in this time of international economic crisis, in which countries can't afford having no real government". She was backed by the party's executive board, who called the actions of the parliamentary group "incomprehensible". Mrs. Erijeź announced that she wishes to stand again for the party leadership, but mr. Vadim Baścveħei, chairman of the Secializdźiś parliamentary group, will be standing as well. Elections for a new party leader will be organised shortly.

Ħarman Ćĕrðanei new leader of Bloc-Ħĭnzei

9 SEPTEMBER 2011 - Members of the political party Bloc-Ħĭnzei have elected party prominent Ħarman Ćĕrðanei as their new political leader. Ćĕrðanei, who is the leader of the Ĕnćeve Adźaciaisa Krais district, was chosen with a majority of 78% of the votes above former tourist minister Jezif Irmeen (13%) and Julije Ħĭnzei (9%), sister of the party's former leader, former president of Adzhatia and former prime minister Ereh Ħĭnzei, who stepped down in June.

Young string quartet 'New Era' wins first Adzhatian Cultural Prize

1 SEPTEMBER 2011 - For the last few weeks the Summer Cultural Festival was held for the first time in the Adzhatian capital of Ashtinok, which aims to promote and enhance the cultural life of our country. The festival was concluded today with the awarding of the first Adzhatian Cultural Prize ('Adźać Kulturan Jeśŭtcu') to the string quartet 'New Era' ('Năve Epoħe'). This ensemble was formed in 2009 by four young musicians and has rapidly conquered the classical music scene in our country. After the ceremony, the quartet played works by Shostakovich, Schubert and the world premiere of the first string quartet 'Dawn' by Adzhatian composer and violist Maðias Ĕŕćeniuk (*1983), who is one of the members of the string quartet.

Government decides on foreign representation to FICT-countries

31 AUGUST 2011 - The government has filled the last diplomatic positions for the Adzhatian representation in FICT-countries. According to a spokesman of the foreign ministry, our ambassador in Egypt, mr. Ćĕnza Baśvoŕ, will be responsible for the Adzhatian affairs in both Tarmorya and Harrawi as of 1 September. This means that the embassy in Bourzafrique will be closed and replaced by a consulate. Mr. Ăŕva Pavelśŭn, who has been our ambassador in Tarmorya until now, will be appointed ambassador in Norway.

Additionally it was announced that our country will be represented in the Asian republic of Dhram Phá by our South East Asia embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam; the ambassador, ms. Kaje Taðok-Eiźei, will be accredited for a number of countries in that region, which also include Laos, Cambodia and of course Vietnam itself.

Our ambassador in Yukland, mr. Grigeŕ Vladimirskie, will be stepping down as of 1 January 2012. He will then be succeeded by ms. Taććane Ŭććak-Berisĕvskie.

Ereh Ħĭnzei steps down as partyleader amidst cabinet reshuffle

30 JUNE 2011 - A press conference during which prime minister Ŕanije Erijeź announced a reshuffle of ministers in her cabinet, was ended abruptly due to journalists leaving for another press conference: Ereh Ħĭnzei (60), former president and prime minister and currently the leader of his own party, Bloc-Ħĭnzei, announced that he will step down as party leader tomorrow, on the 1st of July, which was far more important news than - as one journalist put it - 'the replacement of two dull minister persons by two other dull minister persons'. The ministers who will be replaced as of 1 July are those of Housing and Economical Affairs, both ministers for the Secializdźiś.

Ereh Ħĭnzei had been one of the leading figures during and after the revolution that brought down president Miheĺ Pjotarśŭn in 2004, Ħĭnzei himself becoming president for the first time in the same year. In 2005 however, he was chased from the presidential palace himself and officially deposed, but managed to return to power only a few months later. In 2006 he lost the presidential election to Grigeŕ Maććok, but he became prime minister in 2007. His government fell in 2009 after it was hold indirectly responsible by the Dume for the killing of noted architect Đĕdrik Pasavihei. In 2010 Ħĭnzei tried once again to become president, but narrowly lost the election to his own former defense minister Ăŕva Bekina.

As of tomorrow, Mr. Ħĭnzei will be temporarily replaced as leader of Bloc-Ħĭnzei by former tourism minister Jezif Irmeen, until a new party leader is elected.

Eight countries sign new FICT treaty in Purikali, Kaupelan

25 JUNE 2011 - Eight countries, among them five FICTS member states including Adzhatia, signed today a treaty enabling the founding of the Forum of International Cooperation and Trade (FICT). Although the name strongly resembles the one of the existing organisation FICTS, spokespersons of the countries involved say that FICT is a brand new project. Mr. Jukka Bantak, our own minister of foreign affairs, already had some difficulty last week convincing the Dume that FICTS couldn't be properly reformed without disbanding it and creating a new organisation. It is however so that both forums now exist together at the same time, and mr. Bantak has already announced that our country's ambassador to FICTS, mr. Slava Taŕvŭpa, will be responsible for both organisations in the transitional period that both FICTS and FICT exist at the same time.

Apparently, not all FICTS countries agreed with the changes that are going on: the republic of Tuvelau wasn't present today in Purikali to sign the new treaty. Three new countries however were: the democratic republic of Harrawi, located in East Africa, as well as the socialist republic of Dhram Phá and the republic of Khusqaikama, both located in Asia. The Harrawi foreign affairs minister, mr. Brayim Iguuyameu, called FICT 'a great opportunity to get to know the rest of the world in a more intimate way', by which he meant that the smaller countries in the world are normally overshadowed by the normal big ones.

During the ratification process of the new treaty, the Kaupelanese former minister of foreign affairs, mr. Lowok Aralangit, will be transitional Chairman of FICT. Mr. Ereh Ħĭnzei, leader of the largest opposition party in the Dume, already announced that ratifying this treaty could be a 'lengthy business'.

Government completes reform of state symbols

1 JUNE 2011 - The government has announced today the completion of the state symbol reform that was set in motion last year. Among the state symbols that have been reformed is the name of the capital Bazăŕ Gĕĺ, which has been given back its original name of Aśtinok ('Ashtinok' in English).

Other changes include a small reform of the Cyrillic version of the Adzhatic alphabet: instead of the Þ/þ, which were used to write the fricative dental sounds that are written with Đ/đ/ð in the Latin version, the Cyrillic alphabet will now use Ѳ/ѳ. These symbols resemble more closely the Greek theta and were used in the original Cyrillic alphabet that was used for the Church Slavonic language. The Latin version of the alphabet was confirmed as official next to the Cyrillic version; in the last few years it was unclear whether or not the 2005 adoption of the Latin version was legal or not.

Later this year a referendum will be organised by the government to decide upon the nation's flag. The current flag reminds too strongly of the country's communist history, according to some. In the referendum the people get to choose the old flag or the new one, which will then be adopted officially on 1 January 2012.

Slava Taŕvŭpa takes over as Adzhatian ambassador to FICTS

12 MAY 2011 - Foreign affairs minister Jukka Bantak confirmed today that the diplomat and former Adzhatian ambassador to Kazakhstan Slava Taŕvŭpa (49) will take over as our country's ambassador to FICTS as of 1 June. He will succeed mrs. Miheĺe Ŏrħanen, who has been in this function since Adzhatia became a member in 2008. FICTS has announced that the organisation will undergo a thorough restructuring to make it more alert and energetic. The Adzhatian membership of FICTS has been criticized by many since the beginning; the additional value of FICTS to our country or even the international community has often been questioned.

Ăŕva Bekina new president of Adzhatia

9 OCTOBER 2010 - Ăŕva Bekina is the new president of Adzhatia. He defeated his opponent, former president and prime minister Ereh Ħĭnzei, with a very small margin, and although many supporters of Ħĭnzei asked for a recount, he himself congratulated mr. Bekina and admitted that he had lost. Bekina was a member of the party Bloc-Ħĭnzei and served as minister of defence from 2007 til early 2010 under prime minister Ereh Ħĭnzei. When the latter decided to run for president however, and didn't tolerate any other candidates from his own party, Bekina resigned as a member and organised a campaign of his own.

Ăŕva Bekina served in the Adzhatian military until 2005, when he decided to pursue a political career. He still has the rank of colonel. Mr. Bekina is married to Źurvaźd Grećaninŏv; they have three sons.

Secializdźiś form government with Ěrevi Śviveź

16 APRIL 2010 - After a longer than expected period with coalition talks, a new government was presented finally today by president Grigeŕ Maććok. It consists of the socialist party Secializdźiś and the party Friends of Europe (Ěrevi Śviveź) who together hold 76 of the 142 seats in the new Dumća, that was elected on 27 March.

The new prime minister is former prime minister mrs. Ŕanije Erijeź. She has vowed to take the necessary measures to stabilize the Adzhatian economy and at the same time invest in some new projects to enhance the country's infrastructure, both real and digital. The new government also wants to battle the increasing poverty in the country. The new social affairs minister Śvein Ćŭrupa has stated that he wants to have the living conditions in Adzhatia substantially improved by the end of 2012. The new opposition, in particular former governing party Bloc-Ħĭnzei, thinks that this is more than impossible and has accused Ćŭrupa of ridiculing the electorate.

The former governing parties lost considerably on 27 March. In October however they will have their first chance of setting things a bit right, when the 27 regional seats are elected. At this moment, the liberal party A.V.Ŏ.D. has the larger part of the regional seats, but according to political analists, A.V.Ŏ.D. won't be able to keep them all; it's likely that Bloc-Ħĭnzei will take some seats of the liberals, as it will be the first time that Bloc-Ħĭnzei participates in the regional elections.

Government resigns after Đĕdrik Pasavihei murder investigation

14 DECEMBER 2009 - The government of prime minister Ereh Ħĭnzei has been sacked by a majority of the Adzhatian parliament, the Dumća, after the police investigation after the suspected murder on noted architect Đĕdrik Pasavihei, last October, was made public, revealing that it was indeed murder that caused the end of Pasavihei's life. Many members of the Dumća claimed that it was the responsibility of the government and more specific of the minister of housing, mr. Juvan Lăteśinskie (Bloc-Ħĭnzei), that the whole situation that lead to angry people wanting to punish the architect, some government officials and other people involved in the rebuilding of the eastern part of the capital, was created in the first place. Although both the prime minister and the minister of housing emphasized the ridiculousness of this conclusion, this didn't seem to help them at all and only to make matters worse than they already were. Surprisingly, it was a member of one of the coalition parties (namely PŎA) that filed the bill of no confidence against the minister, which was eagerly accepted by most opposition parties as well as PŎA.

Subsequently, the members of Bloc-Ħĭnzei in parliament had a long meeting with the party's government ministers, including the prime minister Ereh Ħĭnzei. After a few hours, the prime minister told the press that the all the Bloc-Ħĭnzei ministers would leave the government in solidarity with the minister of housing, thus creating a government crisis. The prime minister will meet with the president tomorrow, to offer his own resignation as prime minister and that of his fellow Bloc-Ħĭnzei ministers. At this moment, it is not clear whether or not there will be new elections, or that president Maććok will simply appoint a new prime minister, who then can try to form a new government.

Secretary General: 'FICTS should have an Environment Committee'

10 DECEMBER 2009 - Mrs. Miheĺe Ŏrħanen, secretary general of FICTS, has stated today that the Forum could do more for the environment. She said so in a press conference during the United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen, which she attends on behalf of FICTS. "Especially for two of our member states, Yukland and my own country Adzhatia, the climate change could have serious consequences', she said. "Adzhatia could even become a popular beach holiday destination!" she added jokingly.

Mrs. Ŏrħanen's remark comes as an addition to certain plans she presented last week to create a time table for the next few years, during which certain FICTS committees will be founded. Apart from a Committee for Turism, Culture and Sports, she proposed a Scientific Institute, that co-ordinates and enhances the Forum's scientific achievements, a FICTS court of justice as well as a financial organisation.

Mrs. Ŏrħanen is the Adzhatian ambassador to FICTS. She became the Forum's eighth secretary general in July. In January, she will be succeeded as head of the organisation by her colleague from Kaupelan.

Noted architect Đĕdrik Pasavihei murdered?

23 OCTOBER 2009 - Our country's most famous present day architect, Đĕdrik Pasavihei, has probably been murdered in his own house this morning. Although the truck driver that drove his truck into Pasavihei's workshop on purpose, has been arrested, the police are currently investigation whether or not this was, in fact, a murder. According to public opinion, it must be murder. The truck driver is from the eastern part of the capital Bazăŕ Gĕĺ, and has been overheard in recent weeks that he planned to kill the ones responsible for the complete destruction (and renovation, ed.) of that part of the city. Last summer, the restyling of that part of the city, based on a design of Pasavihei's, had begun in order to stimulate the country's economy. Little had been done at that time to recompensate the inhabitants of the designated area and the whole operation made a lot of people very angry.

Đĕdrik Pasavihei was born in 1971 and as such only 38 years old. His funeral, which will take place after the police have released his body, will be in private, for friends and family only.

Miheĺe Ŏrħanen takes over as FICTS Secretary General

1 JULY 2009 - As of today, mrs. Miheĺe Ŏrħanen, the Adzhatian ambassador to FICTS, will act as the Forum's secretary general for the next six months. She succeeded her Tramoryan colleague, mr. Bilne Filwæhidiz, who chaired the organisation for the first half of 2009. There were some rumours during the last weeks that mrs. Ŏrħanen would resign as ambassador, as a result of the difficult period following the divorce from her husband Vĕććeslaf Kapustineź in April, but she didn't do that and instead pledged her complete commitment as ambassador and subsequently as secretary general.

In her first speech as secretary general, mrs. Ŏrħanen announced that she will try to improve the ties between the six member states of FICTS; whereas all the current governments of the member states seem to agree that the FICTS is a unique project that has a different approach to the world's globalization, the member states don't yet communicate with each other very often, apart from the official lines through FICTS.

'One of the main purposes of the Forum is that countries and people meet each other, talk with each other', mrs. Ŏrħanen stated. 'FICTS can promote communication between the member states, but it isn't the only means through which it should take place. The member states shouldn't have relations with each other because there is FICTS, but FICTS should exist because its member states have relations with each other.'

Grigeŕ Maććok: 'I don't want a second term as president'

19 APRIL 2009 - The Adzhatian president, Grigeŕ Maććok, who will turn 65 tomorrow, has said today that he will not run for a second term as president next year. In an interview on the national television he stated that he finds his health often 'unreliable', and although the office of president is a purely ceremonial function in our country, he'd spend his last years with his family rather than with the nation; 'although I like Adzhatia and the Adzhatians a lot'. In the last twelve months, mr. Maććok has spend several times in hospital, and he had to cancel a number of meetings with important and less important people. Mr. Maććok's announcement didn't therefore come as a surprise. With still almost eighteen months left before the next presidential election will take place (September 2010) some prominent politicians have started to gear up for it, amongst them present defence minister Ăŕva Bekina, former prime minister Adriań Hićrecei and present chairman of the Dumća Fabiań Ovać. The current prime minister Ereh Ħĭnzei, who was already president from 2004 to early 2005 and from late 2005 to 2006, has shown no interest yet. Prominent writer Ereh Maććok (who is not related to the current president) has stated on several occasions that he might run for president in 2010.

Many investments should avert crisis in Adzhatia

2 MARCH 2009 - A large package of investments in projects planned to be realised in the next couple of years, should avert the influence of the global economic crisis in Adzhatia. The package, worth several billions of euros, was presented today by the minister of economical affairs, mr. Konstantiń Raðevskie. The main projects that will continue to get attention this year and in the following years, is the improvement of the Eastern Quarter of Bazăŕ Gĕĺ, lead by noted architect Đĕdrik Pasavihei, and the construction of two four-lane motorways, between the capital and Kercei and between Kosegińdrăt and Ħŭŕć, the latter passing the capital on the northern side. An expansion of the national railroad is planned between Bazăŕ Gĕĺ and the northern cities of Sańdźiś Miheleze Lăć and Ŏvanalăć. In addition the government plans to invest in proper housing and has introduced a maximum amount of rent that house owners may impose. The package was approved by Dumća with an astonishingly high number of 122 members out of 142 approving the bill.

Adzhatians protest against Russian invasion of Georgia

31 AUGUST 2008 - BAZĂŔ GĔĹ. Hundreds of people have gathered today in the Miheĺ Iĺicśŭn-Park near the office of the prime minister to protest against what they call the 'illigitimate invasion of Georgia by Russia'. The police only intervened when some of the protesters started to throw stones through the windows of the prime minister's office, after the latter refused to speak to the crowd.

Later that day, prime minister Ereh Ħĭnzei did however comment on the situation. 'I have spoken to the Russian ambassador, who assured me that the military operation was necessary in order to protect the Russian and Ossetian citizens against the Georgian violence. It was after all Georgia who began this crisis. However, many things are very unclear at this moment and we are kind of stuck in a journalistic war: the Russians say one thing, which the West contradicts, while the Western assertions are denied by the Russians. It is a very difficult situation.' The prime minister condemned the protester's attack on his office: 'It is these kinds of outbursts that disrupt our society and our civilization. At this moment there is no reason at all for panic. Our relations with Russia are quite good and there is no evidence whatsoever that our neighbour is planning to invade Adzhatia as well.'

The question also arose whether or not Adzhatia will recognize South-Ossetia and Abkhazia. Russia has done so, infuriating practically almost every other country in the world. 'For now, we will wait and see', says mr. Ħĭnzei. 'We haven't yet recognized Kosovo either and in the opinion of the Adzhatian government the same situation applies for all three countries: they are all provinces of a larger country which seems to have been oppressing them. But the question is whether it is allowed by international law that third parties, such as - in these cases - NATO and Russia, to intervene and recognize these provinces as independent nations. If it is allowed, then this could lead to a domino-effect, causing both parties (as well as others) to simply recognize every piece of land that has proclaimed independence. Territories will be cut up into bits. This is a modern way of petty territorial warfare that could plunge the whole world into a deep crisis.'

The main opposition party, Secializdźiś, is angered by the prime minister's passive point of view. 'This is the second time that one country's territorial integrity is unilaterally changed by a third party', says mrs. Ŕanije Erijeź. 'Russia does have the right to protect its own citizens, when necessary, but declaring parts of another country independent is completely out of line. Russia chose sides with Serbia on this matter against a similar action of NATO, but now they are doing the same thing themselves. It is incomprehensible and our government should make it absolutely clear that the State of Adzhatia does not tolerate these actions.'

In the mean time the matter of recognition is not an issue among the people of Adzhatia. Many of them are indeed affraid that Russia will occupy their free state once again soon. During the Soviet Era Adzhaita was an important submarine harbour and the strategical location of the country could be essential during a new Cold War. Besides that, Adzhatia is a member of CIS since a few months. Many people think becoming a member of this organization of former Soviet countries has been a big mistake: they think it's like going to a party hosted by the person that is going to burgle or murder you one day, just so you can get acquainted with him before that happens. Political opinion polls show an increased amount of people that would vote for the Friends of Europe Party (ĔŚ), when there would have been elections today. At the moment ĔŚ is the fourth largest party in the Dumća.

Bank robbery gets out of hand: explosion kills fifteen people

20 AUGUST 2008 - KOSEGIŃDRĂT. What should have been an ordinary bank robbery got completely out of hand on Wednesday, when a stray bullet hit a gas stove by accident, causing the entire building to explode. Fifteen people, including both robbers, died in the explosion.

In the early morning the police of Kosegińdrăt was warned that the local bank was being robbed. As they arrived on scene, the robbers panicked and took some of the bank clients hostage. A sudden move caused by another client trying to escape, made one of the robbers fire his gun. He missed, but accidentally hit the heating. A large explosion followed which almost completely destroyed the bank, as well as most windows of other buildings in the area.

'This is a very serious incident,' says Juvan Irmeen, the super-intendant of the local police force. 'After the fire brigade has managed to extinguish the fire, we can go in and start the investigation. And we have to identify the victims, which will be very hard after such a heavy explosion.' The city council has announced that there will be a day of mourning on the 27th of August. The National Bank of Adzhatia has declared that the clients of the destroyed bank will be compensated.

Adzhatia applies for memberships CIS and FICTS

3 FEBRUARY 2008 - BAZĂŔ GĔĹ. The state of Adzhatia has officially applied for membership of both the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Forum for International Co-operation of Tiny States, FICTS. This was announced on sunday by our minister of foreign affairs, mr. Ŕedian Bŏcaneź. 'The Adzhatian government has been willing to participate in international organizations for some time now; joining CIS seems only logical, because Adzhatia is a former republic of the Soviet Union. FICTS is perhaps a somewhat strange choice, but I think our country can benefit from the future co-operation with the other FICTS members, which are scattered around the world', he said. CIS is an organization between most of the former republics of the Soviet Union; FICTS comprises the kingdom of Kaupelan, the wishabate of Yutyrama and the republics of Tarmorya, Tuvelau and Yukland.

Former president Ereh Ħĭnzei appointed prime minister

21 OCTOBER 2007 - BAZĂŔ GĔĹ. After a month of negotiations between several parties to form a new government after the elections held on 15 September, former president Ereh Ħĭnzei (Bloc-Ħĭnzei) was appointed prime minister of a coalition government of the Bloc-Ħĭnzei, the liberal A.V.Ŏ.D., and the P.Ŏ.A. (Party for a Free Adzhatia). The socialist party (Secializdźiś) was pushed into opposition, together with the four new parties that got enough votes to be elected into the Dumća. Among those, the party 'Friends of Europe' (Ĕrevi Śviveź), which was founded last year and became the largest of the newcomers. The communist party 'Oi Vŭo Mihelun Pjotarśŭnin' ('We Want Miheĺ Pjotarśŭn', which wishes to reinstate the former president-dictator Miheĺ Pjotarśŭn as leader of the country) didn't get enough votes to return in parliament.

Dumća votes against government housing plans; government resigns

19 JUNE 2007 - BAZĂŔ GĔĹ. The Adzhatian prime minister, mrs. Ŕanije Erijeź (Secializdźiś), has offered the resignation of her entire government to the president of the republic. She did so after the Dumća rejected the plans of the government to restrict the maximum amount of rent to be payed for rental houses. Especially in the capital, but also increasingly in the rest of the country, the present situation leads to massive amounts of homeless people, who can't afford the rents. Payable houses are becoming very rare and often look like ruins. The government wanted to restrict the maximum amount of rent, in order to grant everybody the chance of proper housing, but the liberal opposition (A.V.Ŏ.D.) as well as some members of the ruling coalition voted against the plans. The president of the republic, mr. Maććok, has accepted the resignation of the government and has called for elections to be held on 15 September 2007.

Grigeŕ Maććok new president of the Adzhatian State

4 OCTOBER 2006 - BAZĂŔ GĔĹ. After four days of counting votes, the National Election Commitee has declared former minister of the interior, independant Grigeŕ Maććok, winner of the presidential elections held last Saturday, with 55,3% against 31,6% for Ereh Ħĭnzei and 7,1% for Ŕanije Vośănskie-Bereðiaź. The other 16 candidates together got less than 6% of the votes. The new president will be sworn in next Saturday.