Deputy minister of culture resigns, announces return to private sector

Mikheil Giorgadze has been in the government for five years.Photo: Ministry of Culture press office., 05 Jul 2019 - 14:20, Tbilisi,Georgia

First Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport of Georgia Mikheil Giorgadze has announced his resignation and stated that he will return to the private sector.

He said that he has done his best as the minister of culture and then later as deputy minister over the past five years.

It is time for new faces and energy,” he posted on his Facebook page earlier today.

Education Minister Mikheil Batiashvili says that “we respect Giorgadze’s decision to resign,” and wished him success in the private field.

Member of the European Georgia opposition Gigi Ugulava says that Giorgadze “was dismissed” as “most of the representatives of the Georgian culture stood on the Rustaveli Square these days, during Tbilisi Protests.”

Giorgadze, who was the director general of Eastern Promotions, a company dedicated to promoting world-class music in the Caucasus region and promoting Georgian music and artists abroad, became minister of culture in the summer of 2014.

In 2018 Batiashvili became the new minister of education and Giorgadze was appointed as his first deputy.