Georgia’s Interior Minister resigns

Aleksandre Tchikaidze worked as the Internal Minister for one year and two months since Novermer25, 2013., 23 Jan 2015 - 18:18, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Minister of Internal Affairs Aleksandre Tchikaidze is leaving his post.

Tchikaidze announced his resignation in a statement published on the Ministry’s official website today. 

He was appointed the role of Minister of Internal Affairs on November 25, 2013. He replaced the Georgian Dream coalition's first Internal Minister Irakli Garibashvili. 

In the statement, Tchikaidze said false accusations towards him following the recent murder of Iuri Vazagashvili were the reason for his decision to leave the Governmental post.

"There are some false accusations that I am covering the persons involved in this murder. Nevertheless I feel the moral responsibility to make the decision to resign,” read Tchikaidze’s statement on

He emphasized his hope for the successful and timely investigation of the unexplained murder although he presumed the investigation would take some time to complete. He said he would not have made the decision to resign if the investigation into Vazagashvili's murder would conclude in the first few days after the crime.

"If it was a case of solving Iuri Vazagashvili’s murder immediately, I wouldn’t make such decision. On the day of the tragic event I was abroad. As the investigation is now in progress, I consider I should be separated from the ongoing process so that [the public] don't have any questions of the Government,” Tchikaidze underlined in his statement

Meanwhile Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili spoke to Georgia's Imedi TV from the World Economic Forum in Davos about Tchikaidze’s decision to resign. The PM said he would accept Tchikaidze’s offer to resign and said Tchikaidze proved he was a man of integrity.

"We brought new standards to Georgian politics. The truth will be revealed soon. The investigation is ongoing and those found guilty in the murder case will be duly punished," Garibashvili said. 

He added the investigation into the murder of Vazagashvili’s son Zurab Vazagashvili was in its final stage.