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Georgian charity to write down debts of 600,000

Nov 20, 2018 - Associated Press

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) - The Georgian government says a charity controlled by the chairman of the ruling party is ready to write off the debts of 600,000 people, which critics have described as an attempt to buy votes ahead of a runoff in next week's presidential election.

Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze said in a statement Monday that the charitable foundation controlled by Bidzina Ivanishvili, billionaire and former prime minister who chairs the ruling Georgian Dream party, will buy an es...