Georgia's new parliament building is being constructed in the country's second-largest city of Kutaisi. The president, Mikhail Saakashvili has claimed the $83 million project is a symbol of the country's future.
Out with the old —
The old parliament building in the capital Tibilsi was completed in 1953 and owes more to Soviet triumphalism and does not embody the concepts of openness and transparency.
Presidential patronage —
President Saakashvili is a vocal supporter of the new building, but a report from the Georgian Young Lawyers' Association has criticized the opacity of its funding.
Building from the rubble —
An old Soviet monument was demolished to make way for the new parliament building. Tragically, two people were killed during the demolition process.