The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.
By United Press International
Obama welcomes Georgia's new president

Obama welcomes Georgia's new president

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama praised Georgia's leaders for making contributions to strengthen democracy in the former Soviet republic.

New Georgian president pledges to integrate with Europe

TBILISI, Georgia, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Giorgi Margvelashvili, a former university clergyman and minister of education, was inaugurated as the new president of Georgia Sunday, officials said.

Georgia gets high praise from European Union

BRUSSELS, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Democratic principles developed strongly in Georgia under President Mikheil Saakashvili, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said.

EU welcomes Georgia's election

BRUSSELS, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The voting public in Georgia is commended for their strong support for democratic principles, leaders from the European Union said.

Georgian Dream Party candidate Giorgi Margvelashvili elected president

TBILISI, Georgia, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Giorgi Margvelashvili of the Georgian Dream Party claimed 62.13 percent of the vote to become Georgia's next president, election officials said Monday.

Georgia's democracy 'maturing,' OSCE says

TBILISI, Georgia, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Presidential elections in Georgia were fair, professional and transparent, members of an international monitoring team said Monday from Tbilisi.
OSCE on hand to observe Georgia's elections

OSCE on hand to observe Georgia's elections

VIENNA, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- There are more than 400 observers on hand in Georgia for weekend elections, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Friday.

U.S. welcomes Georgia's pivot West

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. government supports Georgia's efforts to establish a closer relationship with the European community, the Defense Department said.

Cold ties remain for Georgia and Russia

TBILISI, Georgia, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- It's unlikely tensions between Russian and the former Soviet republic of Georgia will ease any time soon, the Georgian foreign minister said.

EU says Georgia has room for improvement

VILNIUS, Lithuania, July 18 (UPI) -- Georgia is one of the most important European allies in the region though there are broader areas of concern, the prime minister of Lithuania said Thursday.

EU door remains open for Georgia

BATUMI, Georgia, July 12 (UPI) -- The notion that Georgia's chances to move closer to the European Union are slim must be dispelled, a visiting European diplomat said Friday.

EU: Georgia hasn't yet made the grade

TBILISI, Georgia, July 10 (UPI) -- Georgia needs to do more to convince the European Union it is serious about a comprehensive democratic system, the EU neighborhood commissioner said.

EU keeping close tabs on Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia, July 9 (UPI) -- Georgia is expected to showcase its commitment to the values embraced by the European Union, the European commissioner for neighborhood policy said.
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Mikheil Saakashvili
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili smiles at members of the press as enters the room to be welcomed to Capitol Hill by Representative Henry Hyde, R-IL, on February 24, 2004 in Wasington..(UPI Photo/Michael Kleinfeld)

Mikheil Saakashvili (Georgian: მიხეილ სააკაშვილი, IPA: ; born 21 December 1967) is a Georgian politician, the third and current President of Georgia and leader of the United National Movement Party. Involved in the national politics since 1995, Saakashvili became president on 25 January 2004 after President Eduard Shevardnadze resigned in a November 2003 bloodless "Rose Revolution" led by Saakashvili and his political allies, Nino Burjanadze and Zurab Zhvania. Saakashvili was re-elected in the Georgian presidential election on 5 January 2008. He is widely regarded as a pro-NATO and pro-USA leader who spearheaded a series of political and economic reforms. In 2010, he had a 67% approval rating despite being criticized by the opposition for his alleged authoritarian tendencies and electoral fraud.

Some non-Georgian sources spell Saakashvili's first name via the Russian version of the name Mikhail. In Georgia, he is commonly known as "Misha," a hypocorism for Mikheil.

Mikheil Saakashvili was born in Tbilisi, capital of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic in the Soviet Union, to a Georgian intelligentsia family. His father, Nikoloz Saakashvili, is a physician who practices medicine in Tbilisi and directs a local Balneological Center. His mother, Giuli Alasania, is a historian who lectures at Tbilisi State University.

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