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MINSK, 22 Feb – Sputnik. The Georgian parliament passed a vote of confidence by a majority of votes to the candidate for prime minister Irakli Garibashvili, his Cabinet of Ministers and the government program, the vote was broadcast live on the website of the legislative body.

“89 for, 2 against. The Georgian parliament expressed confidence,” said the speaker of the parliament Archil Talakvadze.

Let us remind you that last Thursday, February 18, Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia resigned… Explaining his decision, Gakharia said that he was leaving office due to disagreements over the detention of the leader of the opposition United National Movement party Nikanor (Nika) Melia. Melia was accused of organizing and leading the riots and anti-Russian actions in June 2019. According to Gakharia, the detention of Melia could cause an escalation of the already tense political situation in the country.

The new government of Georgia includes all the former ministers, except for two – Irakli Karseladze replaced Maya Tskitishvili as Minister of Infrastructure, and with the appointment of Garibashvili as Prime Minister, the post of Defense Minister was vacated – he will be taken by Garibashvili’s Deputy Juansher Burchuladze.

What is known about Irakli Garibashvili

Garibashvili from 2013 to 2015 already served as prime minister. He was the right-hand man of the oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili during the founding of the Georgian Dream party, which has been ruling the country since 2012. Initially, Garibashvili headed the Ministry of Internal Affairs, then, in 2013, replaced Ivanishvili himself as Prime Minister, remaining in this position until the end of 2015. Garibashvili then became the youngest prime minister in the history of Georgia, he was only 31 years old.

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“Positions are temporary, eternal only the Lord and the homeland!” – Garibashvili declared in December 2015 and left politics without explaining the reasons for his resignation.

Garibashvili returned to active political life in March 2019, he took over as party secretary general and decided to do this in order to “unite and strengthen the party”, which was then on the verge of collapse. Later Garibashvili became Minister of Defense, a position he has held until now.


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