Giorgi Gakharia confirmed as new Georgian PM

Giorgi Gakharia confirmed as new Georgian PM

Georgia’s parliament has approved a new government led by former interior minister Giorgi Gakharia, following the resignation on September 2 of Mamuka Bakhtadze, Emerging Europe reports.

Of 150 MPs, 98 – from the ruling Georgian Dream party – voted in favour the new government, while opposition MPs from the United National Movement abstained, and the European Georgia party boycotted the parliamentary session altogether.

New additions to the newly sworn-in government are Vakhtang Gomelauri, a former bodyguard of Georgian Dream party leader Bidzina Ivanishvili, who will replace Mr Gakharia as interior minister, and former Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili, who will head the defence ministry.

As head of the Global Studies Center Nana Devdariani noted in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza, Gakharia turned out to be the best candidate for the post of Prime Minister, despite scandal with the violence against demonstrators.

“Gakharia clearly stands out from the rest of the government. It's no coincidence that representatives of the United National Movement and breakaway activists have very negative attitude towards him: Gakharia says that it's time to abandon coexistence with the UNM, which means that under his rule, their position is very shaky. Previously they demanded his resignation from the post of head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs - and now he heads the government. It's a serious blow to opponents of the Georgian Dream,"she said.

“Excluding those people who support Saakashvili - and their number is extremely small - the entire society had very positive reaction towards the appointment of Gakharia. People expect positive changes,” Nana Devdariani added.

She also noted that Irakli Garibashvili was appointed as Minister of Defense for similar reason: "People remembered him for disagreeing with representatives of previous government."

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