Former PM Irakli Garibashvili returns to politics

  • Irakli Garibashvili served as Prime Minister of Georgia between 2013 and 2015., 5 Mar 2019 - 12:28, Tbilisi,Georgia

Former Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, who resigned in December 2015, has returned to politics as the political secretary of the Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party, announces the party’s secretary general and mayor of Tbilisi Kakha Kaladze.

Garibashvili’s return will make the party stronger,” Kaladze said.

Members of the ruling party welcomed the decision and praised Garibashvili’s management skills.

The European Georgia and the National Movement opposition members stated that the Georgian Dream has started “reviving dead souls,” and added that such decisions “will not save the party from inevitable destruction.”

In Garibashvili's six-minute video address he made during his resignation in 2015, he said that the country “is now strong and has a European perspective".

Garibashvili attended the GD political council meeting today. Photo: GD press office. 

He named several top achievements under his leadership which included signing the Association Agreement with the European Union and involving Georgia in the new Silk Road project.

  • Garibashvili, 37, held the post of Prime Minister for slightly more than two years, since 20 November, 2013.
  • Before that he served as the country’s Minister of Internal Affairs.
  • During his early career he was involved in the business and financial sector. Garibashvili majored in International Relations at Tbilisi State University before studying Political Sciences at Sorbonne University in France.

He was replaced by Giorgi Kvirikashvili in the role on 30 December 2015. 

Founder of the Georgian Dream party Bidzina Ivanishvili also decided to return to politics last year.