President names Giorgi Kvirikashvili as Prime Minister

  • The Parliamentary majority offered Giorgi Kvirikashvili’s (L) candidacy for the Prime Minister’s post. Photo by Prime Minister’s press office., 19 Nov 2016 - 11:23, Tbilisi,Georgia

The President of Georgia has named Acting Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili for the role again in the new Government of Georgia.

President Giorgi Margvelashvili issued a relevant decree late yesterday stating Kvirikashvili was his pick for Prime Minister of Georgia. 

Based on Georgian legislation, the Parliamentary majority must name a Prime Minister candidate and the President will also nominate his choice for the role.

It is expected the Parliamentary majority will support Kvirikashvili as the country's Prime Minister.

The ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party gained 115 seats in the 150-member legislative body in last month’s Parliamentary Elections and formed a majority. 

The new Parliament has already elected its Speaker, Vice Speakers, formed majority, minority and factions, as well as Parliamentary committees. 

One of the members of the ruling party Kakha Kaladze announced the Prime Minister nominee will present a new Cabinet of Ministers next week and the legislative body will vote for them. 

Kvirikashvili and the new ministers will need the support of at least 76 lawmakers to be officially confirmed. 

Kvirikashvili was Prime Minister of Georgia for about a year after being appointed on December 30, 2015 when ex-Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili stepped down.