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21 Apr 15
Complaints that political parties are vehicles for personal advancement rather than public good.
A rally in Tbilisi in support of greater female participation in politics. (Photo: Regina Jegorova-Askerova)
21 Mar 15
Despite legislative reform, women are still underrepresented in a “macho” world.
President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, pictured in 2009. (Photo: José Cruz/Agência Brasil)
13 Mar 15
With questions over the long-term leader’s health, the Central Asian state could see a turbulent succession process, expert says.
Georgian president Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Photo: Georgian president’s press office)
25 Sep 14
President and prime minister in public row over who should attend United Nations meeting.
Outgoing prime minister Tigran Sargsyan. (Photo: Photolure agency)
11 Apr 14
Tigran Sargsyan presided over unpopular reforms, and also worked on failed efforts to move closer to Europe.
28 Mar 14
Leaked emails used to claim that some senior figures in Baku are linked to influential Turkish cleric.
Tbilisi city council chairman Irakli Shikhiashvili. (Photo: Tbilisi assembly website)
7 Feb 14
Ruling party using its control of Tbilisi’s elected assembly to pressure mayoral office.
17 Jan 14
United National Movement has survived two election defeats to become serious opposition force.
The speaker of Georgia's parliament, David Usupashvili, mounted a robust defence of the local government reform bill. (Photo: Georgian parliament website)
19 Dec 13
Influential church leader warns devolution means separatism. “Nonsense”, say critics.
Poster of Heydar Aliyev in Sumgait. The words say "I will be in Azerbaijan forever”. (Photo: Shahla Sultanova)
17 Dec 13
Ten years after his death, Heydar Aliyev still looms large over the country.

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