Georgian Parliament approves new Prime Minister, Cabinet, 30 Dec 2015 - 05:41, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Parliament Members (MPs) have approved and given their vote of confidence to the new Prime Minister and updated list of Cabinet members with 86 votes in favour and 28 against after a long discussion.

The vote of confidence began at 1 pm on Tuesday however talks began the day before, and the discussion finally ended more than 12 hours later.

Georgia’s new Prime Minister is Giorgi Kvirikashvili.

There is only one new member on the list of the renewed Georgian Government: Mikheil Janelidze as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. This post fell vacant after former Foreign Minister Kvirikashvili was advanced as the Prime Minister.

All the other members of Cabinet retained their roles in the Government.

Today MPs also gave a vote of confidence to the Government's renewed Action Plan titled 'For strong, democratic and united Georgia'. The 74-page document presented the program of Georgia’s future development until 2020.

All Ministers had discussed the Action Plan in their spheres with various Parliament Committees and all fractions on the day before.

The ruling coalition has the majority in Parliament so the result of voting was not unexpected.

The candidate for Prime Minister and the updated Cabinet of Ministers needed to be confirmed by at least 76 votes out of the 150-seat Parliament. The Georgian Dream coalition holds 85 seats in the legislative body.

A vote of confidence in Georgia’s Cabinet was needed after the country’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili resigned on December 23.

Under the Georgian Constitution, when the Prime Minister resigns, the power of Cabinet Ministers – 19 ministers of Georgia – is automatically suspended and the Cabinet needs to regain approval from Parliament.