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Georgia’s economy minister to be appointed deputy PM - candidate for prime minister

December 27, 2015, 20:01 updated at: December 27, 2015, 20:28 UTC+3 TBILISI
The Georgian parliament’s factions and committees are expected to discuss the candidatures of Kvirikashvili and other government members on December 28
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Georgy Kvirikashvili

Georgy Kvirikashvili

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TBILISI, December 27. /TASS/. Georgia’s Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dmitry Kumsishvili will take the office of deputy prime minister in the new government after it is approved by the parliament, Georgy Kvirikashvili, a candidate for Georgia’s prime minister, said on Sunday.

"Naurally, Kakhi Kaladze [who is energy minister - TASS] will stay as deputy prime minister, and Dmitry Kumsishvili will become deputy prime minister," Kvirikashvili, who was Georgia’s foreign minister and deputy prime minister up till December 23, said.

The Georgian parliament’s factions and committees are expected to discuss the candidatures of Kvirikashvili and other government members on December 28. The voting on confidence to the new cabinet and the prime minister will be held at a plenary session of the parliament in Kutaisi on December 29.

Kvirikashvili said earlier he would submit the previous cabinet’s members to the parliament for a vote of confidence. "At the moment I have decided to present the same cabinet members to the parliament and I am going to give the foreign affairs portfolio to (first deputy foreign minister) Mikheil Janelidze," he said.

"If the parliament votes for the cabinet’s list, I will be granted with an opportunity to become acquainted with the work of each minister and each ministry, their strategy and activities," Kvirikashvili said, adding it would enable him to adopt correct and rational decisions.

"I cannot rule out that in the foreseeable future (in the first months of 2016) the government will face changes," he said.

On Friday, the parliamentary majority made up of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition decided to nominate Foreign Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili as a candidate for the prime minister instead of Irakly Garibashvili who had stepped down on Wednesday.

President Giorgi Margvelashvili approved the candidate and submitted his candidacy to the parliament for approval.

Earlier, parliament speaker David Usupashvili said the parliament would vote for the new cabinet memberst and the prime minister in the coming days, before the beginning of 2016.

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