NEWS WATCH: Georgia Parliamentary Vote Overshadowed By Scandals (Update)

BosNewsLifeRadioGeorgiaElections Listen to BosNewsLife's report via Vatican Radio  By BosNewsLife News Center TBILISI/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Voting began Monday, October 1, in heavily Orthodox Georgia in parliamentary elections with the party of the pro-western president facing a strong challenge following mounting criticism over his policies and a prison scandal.

Georgia Detains Christian Evangelist After Preaching To Muslims, Activists Say

By BosNewsLife News Center Georgia-map-in-europeBAKU/TBILISI (BosNewsLife)-- Christian activists have urged prayers for a frail Christian evangelist from Azerbaijan who has been spending a year behind bars in neighboring Georgia on what his supporters say are "trumped up charges" of drugs possession. If convicted the man could face 14 years imprisonment, Christians said.

NEWS WATCH: Billionaire Takes Over As Georgia’s Prime Minister

Listen to this BosNewsLife News  report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent  BosNewsLife TBILISI, GEORGIA (BosNewsLife)-- Georgia's parliament has approved a billionaire as the former Soviet nation's new prime minister and endorsed his government, following the recent October 1 parliamentary elections. Bidzina Ivanishvili began his first official full working day Friday, October 26, after lawmakers voted 88-54 for his cabinet.

NEWS WATCH: Georgia President Suffers Setback in Elections

RealAudioMP3Listen to BosNewsLife's news report via Vatican Radio BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos TBILISI/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Exit polls and early results show the party of Georgia's pro-Western president Mikhail Saakhasvili has suffered a major setback in Monday's parliamentary elections, amid reports of voting irregularities and public dissatisfaction with poverty and high unemployment of over 16 percent.

NEWS WATCH: Georgia’s President Admits Defeat In Parliamentary Poll

BosNewsLifeRadioGeorgiaUpdate Listen here to BosNewsLife's news report via Vatican Radio  By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos TBILISI/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili has conceded defeat for his party in Monday's parliamentary vote. Appearing visibly upset on national television, Saakhasvili acknowledged his first major political setback since he became the country's head of state following the 2004 'Rose Revolution' protests against rigged elections.

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