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Georgian parliament approves new government

Georgian parliament approves new government Photo: Irakli Kobakhidze (Getty Images)

The Parliament of Georgia approved a new government headed by the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party, Irakli Kobakhidze, reports Echo of the Caucasus.

As reported, 84 deputies supported the new government, and 10 voted against it.

According to the Georgian constitution, President Salomi Zurabishvili now has two days to appoint Kobakhidze as head of government. If this does not happen, then the prime minister will be considered appointed automatically.

Speaking in the parliament, Kobakhidze said that the head of the Ministry of Economy, Levan Davitashvili, will be appointed as the first deputy prime minister.

The new Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Chikovani also joined the government.

Changes in Georgian government

45-year-old Kobakhidze became the seventh prime minister of the Georgian Dream, which has been in power in Georgia since the fall of 2012.

His predecessor Irakliy Garibashvili resigned on January 29.

It will be recalled that Garibashvili first assumed the post of Prime Minister of Georgia back in 2013, but resigned on December 30, 2015. Then he was replaced by Giorgi Kvirikashvili.

Garibashvili assumed the post of prime minister for the second time on February 22, 2021, and before that, he headed the country's defense department. The resignation of Garibashvili means that the parliament will have to approve the government again.

Earlier, the media reported that he was offered the post of chairman of the Georgian Dream party.