Parliament approves Giorgi Kvirikashvili as new PM
Georgia’s parliament has confirmed former Foreign Affairs Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, as the new Prime Minister. He replaces Irakli Garibashvili who resigned last week.
The new prime minister was approved by 86 votes to 28 against in the 150 seat parliament. The Cabinet, which automatically stands down when the prime minister resigns, was confirmed as unchanged with one exception. Mikheil Janelidze was confirmed as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs to fill the gap as the previous incumbent became prime minister.
Members’ of Parliament also voted for an updated version of the ‘For Strong Democratic and United Georgia’ government programme which presents Georgia’s development to 2020.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili (48) has a degree in Medicine from the Tbilisi State Medical University along with a degree in Economics from the Tbilisi State University. In 1998, he obtained a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Illinois. He was a banker, apart from a period in parliament (1994 – 2004) until 2011 when he joined the Georgian Dream ticket.
Kvirikashvili was Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development from 2012 until 1st September 2015, then Minister of Foreign Affairs until his appointment as Prime Minister on 30th December 2015. He was also Vice Prime Minister from July 2013 until December 30, 2015.
Mikheil Janelidze (34) has a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Tbilisi State University and a Master’s degree in International Law from the Diplomacy Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry (2003 – 2006). From 2003 he worked in a number of companies in Georgia and abroad before setting up his own consultancy in Tbilisi.
In 2011 Janelidze was appointed Deputy Minister of Economic and Sustainable Development and then led the Department for International Trade and International Relations. In September 2015 he was made First Deputy Foreign Minister before becoming Foreign Minister in December. He speaks Georgian, English, German and Russian.