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Georgia has a fifth prime minister in seven years. He is the interior minister who has been at the heart of the ongoing protests in Tbilisi.
The most politically intense summer of recent years has
In the past few months,
• In June, police broke up an anti-opposition rally of thousands of people who gathered to protest the speech of Russian Communist MP Sergei Gavrilov (who had the audacity to sit in the Speaker's seat in his absence -ed.). During the dispersal, which lasted all night and covered almost the whole center of Tbilisi,
• In July, after a lengthy lawsuit, the main opposition channel of the country, Rustavi-2, finally passed into the hands of the authorities. In August, all news service reporters left the channel; now instead of news, they show films and series.
• The persecution of the founder of Georgia’s largest bank, TBC Bank, Mamuka
• In summer, the Georgian national currency sunk to a new low
• On September 2, the head of state, Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, resigned. Formally, he led the country for a year and two months. He has
The news that the Minister of Internal Affairs, Giorgi
By appointing him prime minister, Ivanishvili has
In 2016, he became the Minister for Economy and Sustainable Development. Just a year later,
As the Minister of Internal Affairs,
Ever since then, protests demanding his resignation have
Businessman Ivanishvili Appoints PMs in Georgia
It was the leader of the Georgian Dream Bidzina Ivanishvili who publicly introduced Giorgi Gakharia as the new PM. He said, “Gakharia deserves the post”.
In Georgia, prime ministers
Ivanishvili himself served as prime minister a short time after the Georgian Dream party he created took power in 2012. Since his resignation, Ivanishvili has
But he does not deny that the heads of government change only with his approval.
When announcing his resignation at a press conference, Mamuka Bakhtadze said it was his own decision, while
Resigning on Facebook
Bakhtadze is the first prime minister to make his resignation on Facebook.
His 3,994-word post spoke about Georgia’s achievements over the past year. However, there was not a word that during his reign, the
When commenting Bakhtadze’s resignation, opposition and experts call him the weakest prime minister in the Georgian Dream’s era.
He is the first prime minister in Georgia’s history whose name means nothing
tomany. No one even demanded that he resign – simplybecause everybody knew he was not making any decisions.
Here’s another fact proving his lack of political weight: on the afternoon of September 2, just as Bakhtadze was holding a farewell press conference to summarize his work as Prime Minister, a basketball game was broadcast on the Public Channel, which is controlled by the ruling party.
Today, September 2, Gakharia will be presenting his cabinet to the parliament.
It is already known that the post of the Minister of Internal Affairs will be given to Vakhtang Gomelauri who has hitherto been head of the state security service; and that former PM Irakli Garibashvili will be appointed Defense Minister. Both are known to have had close ties with Ivanishvili: Gomelauri was chief of Ivanishvili’s personal security service, while Garibashvili ran his business affairs.
Preparing for Important Parliamentary Elections
Experts say Ivanishvili has surrounded himself with loyal cadres ahead of the 2020 parliamentary elections. Unlike the “softer” former prime ministers Kvirikashvili and Bakhtadze, these new people are considered to be “hawks”. Bakhtadze who has failed to gain political weight would be unable to solve the problems facing the Georgian Dream in the year before the elections.
The next parliamentary elections will be held in Georgia in the fall of 2020. The ruling party has already developed amendments to the Constitution, which, as the opposition insisted, provide for a transition from a mixed to a proportional system of parliamentary elections.
President Did Not Comment on PM's Sudden Resignation
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili was in Poland on September 2. She did not consider it necessary to comment on the sudden resignation of her country’s prime minister.
Zurabishvili referred to a strange rule, which was not written anywhere and which was not used by any president of Georgia:
Presidents do not make statements about domestic affairs during international visits.