Georgian PM Appoints new Cabinet

Georgian PM Appoints new Cabinet

Georgia's Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze appointed Giorgi Kobulia as economy minister, Mikheil Batiashvili as minister of education and science, as well as Ivane Machavariani as finance minister as he forms a new government after taking office last month.

Kobulia is a former senior partner at Mackenzie investment management company, while Machavariani worked as a financial and commercial director at Georgia's Geocell telecoms company.

Bakhtadze, who had served as finance minister since November 2017, became prime minister last month, succeeding Giorgi Kvirikashvili who resigned in June amid a disagreement with the leader of his ruling party, Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Most of the other ministers remained in their positions, the PM said.

The new cabinet is likely to be approved by parliament, which is dominated by members of the ruling party, Reuters reported.

On taking office Bakhtadze said he would continue the country's path to full integration with Europe, as well as its economic reforms.

He also said the government planned to reduce the number of ministries to 10 from 14 to cut costs.

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