The first televised debate of candidates for prime minister held in Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept. 9 / Trend N.Kirtskhalia /
The first televised debate of candidates for prime minister from qualified parties was held in Georgia. Vano Merbishvishvili, Giorgi Targamadze and Shalva Natelashvili speaked before the audience of "public broadcaster".
Top three candidates for prime minister of the country from "United National Movement", CDM and the "Labour Party" opened the campaign debates.
Candidate for prime minister from the block "Bidzina Ivanishvili - The Georgian Dream" Bidzina Ivanishvili refused from live performances. He wanted to sit in the studio in a debate only with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.
Participants were televised debate by welcoming and answered four questions and comment on the performance of their opponents.
It should be noted that Merabishvili and Targamadze could succinctly convey the essence of their program, to determine budget priorities, promises to make the party's promises. Natelashvili criticized authorities and made populist statements, promising to release most of the prisoners and give them as compensation for the condemnation.
Discussions took place correctly and none of the participants went to the insults. Debate has been closed to the media. Journalists will be able to wait for the live broadcast in the building of "second channel".
"At the request of the public broadcaster partner" of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems "(IFES) to establish a working and secure environment journalists will not be allowed to the building" - said in a statement of the broadcaster.
Questions were given to politicians on September 7. They had two days for response
Television debates of first four numbers of qualified parties will held on September 18.