Former Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, who resigned earlier today amid a disagreement with the ruling Georgian Dream party over the detention of opposition leader Nika Melia’s detention, said ‘confrontation and rivalry’ in Georgia endanger its future democratic and economic development.
I believe that confrontation and rivalry within the country endanger the future of ????????'s democratic & economic development. Therefore, I have announced my resignation in the hope to reduce polarization & deescalate the situation.— Giorgi Gakharia (@GakhariaGiorgi) February 18, 2021
He said although Melia had violated the law and has been engaged in sparking tension in the country, it was not the right time for his detention.
Confirming the disagreement with Gakharia over Melia's arrest the ruling party chair Irakli Kobakhidze said the reasons named by Gakharia why the opposition leader should not be arrested were ‘weak.’
The ruling Georgian Dream party has already nominated acting Defence Minister Irakli Garibashvili for the premiership following Gakharia's resignation.
Georgian PM Gakharia has resigned this morning. The Parliament will form the new Cabinet.— Georgian Dream (@GeorgianDream41) February 18, 2021
PM’s resignation means that his cabinet is also suspended and the parliament will have to approve a new PM and cabinet in two weeks.
If parliament fails to approve the new government, the president will dismiss the parliament and snap parliamentary elections will be scheduled.