Back to Prime Minister – Why Irakli Gharibashvili?
The return of Irakli Gharibashvili to the post of Prime Minister is a sign for the opponents that the Georgian Dream is choosing an aggressive policy in the current political crisis and the goal of the ruling party is not to reduce polarization. Retired Prime Minister Gakharia spoke about reducing polarization.
If we look at the posts of people on social networks who are happy with Gharibashvili’s return, it seems that a large part of them equate this joy with the hope of “ending” the “National Movement” and taking revenge on the opposition.
Georgian Dream says that not much has been said about replacing Giorgi Gakharia, and everyone in the ruling team immediately remembered Irakli Gharibashvili – the current Minister of Defense, who first held the post of Prime Minister in 2013 and left in 2015 – and left because of this “timely” departure. Bidzina Ivanishvili He also deserved praise.
By what criteria did the Georgian Dream select the new (old) Prime Minister, who is remembered by many for his harsh words and actions?
Read more in Lela Kunchulia’s article.
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The Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia has resigned, just three months after the elections. This resignation of Giorgi Gakharia was more like a real resignation, which can not be compared to the resignation of any of his predecessors, which was more a “dismissal” than a step taken according to the political situation.
Giorgi Gakharia’s resignation has already changed the plans of the ruling party and the opposition. The first effect of resignation is on the face. The Ministry of Internal Affairs issued a unilateral statement: “Due to the resignation of the Prime Minister, the planned event in the case of Nikanor Melia has been temporarily postponed.”
The resignation of Giorgi Gakharia, which the opposition considers to be the result of its own militancy and struggle, has given more impetus and conviction to the demand to resume negotiations between the government and the opposition for early elections.
Read more in Jimsher Rekhviashvili’s article.
When will the country have a new prime minister?
In the past 24 hours, the incumbent Prime Minister of the country has resigned and been replaced. Georgian Dream has decided to return Irakli Gharibashvili to the post of Prime Minister.
The Parliament of Georgia will approve the composition of the government in the coming days, – the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia Archil Talakvadze wrote about it on the official Twitter page. According to him, the continuation of the existing policy will be ensured before that.
What does the constitution say? Under the country’s supreme law, parliament passes a vote of no confidence in the ruling party’s nominee for prime minister and the government nominated by him within 2 weeks of the prime minister’s resignation.
According to Vakhushti Menabdi, a specialist in constitutional law, a government program will be submitted to parliament along with the government. Gaining confidence requires the support of a majority of the full parliament, or 76 deputies.
If the Parliament does not express confidence in the Government within the established time limit, the President of Georgia shall dissolve the Parliament no earlier than 2 and no later than 3 weeks after the expiration of the relevant term and shall call extraordinary parliamentary elections.
The trilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey has been postponed
The trilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, scheduled for February 19 in Baku, has been postponed. This was reported by the “Trend” agency based on the information published on Twitter by the head of the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan.
As Radio Liberty was told in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, due to the circumstances related to the resignation of the Prime Minister of Georgia, the visit could not be carried out, and after consultations with partners, a joint decision was made to postpone the meeting.
According to the agency, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoლlu was scheduled to visit Baku on February 18, while Georgian Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani was expected to visit Azerbaijan on February 19.
5 Prime Ministers and their final words
Georgia has replaced 5 prime ministers since 2012. Giorgi Kvirikashvili held the longest post among them.
All the prime ministers left the final word before leaving. Giorgi Gakharia focused on the disagreement, which is why he decided to resign. He also mentioned a specific reason – the issue of Nika Melia.
The existence of disagreements with the team was also mentioned in Giorgi Kvirikashvili’s farewell message. Unlike him, Mamuka Bakhtadze and Irakli Gharibashvili focused on personal and party achievements.
The first was Bidzina Ivanishvili. Before officially stepping down, he repeatedly said he was considering several candidates, one of which he would leave as his replacement. “Substitute” returns to the post of Prime Minister.
Read more In the article by Tea Topuria.
Gakharia responded to rumors circulating on February 12 about his impending resignation that he was not even leaving, but coming. Giorgi Gakharia left on February 18.