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"Ivanishvili brought a horse to the Senate"2013-05-14 15:59
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education and Science of George Margvelashvili has become presidential candidate from the coalition "Georgian Dream." The corresponding decision was unanimously adopted by members of the political council of the "Georgian Dream" consisting of six parties, said the leader of the coalition, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. His main political rival, President Mikheil Saakashvili in this regard said that when the Emperor of Rome decided to show his attitude towards Roman society he elected his horse to the Senate.
"We have unanimously decided to nominate George Margvelashvili for President," said the Prime Minister calling him an ideal candidate. "I have been long thinking, trying to find at least one George's flaw, but failed." According to him, the other candidates were not considered. "Why should we discuss others if we have unanimity of George's candidacy?" he explained.
However, a few days ago, the media and political circles seriously considered the figure of the Defense Minister and leader of the "Free Democrats" Irakli Alasania, as well as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy, former football player of "Milan" Kakha Kaladze as possible candidates for president. "Talks about my nomination were just speculation," declared the former football player after the presidential candidate was approved. "I fully supported the Prime Minister's decision to nominate Margvelashvili," assured Alasania.
Margvelashvili thanked them for their confidence and said he would "try to justify the hopes and expectations of both the coalition and all voters in the country." He also said that the parliamentary election on October 1, 2012, won by the coalition "Georgian Dream," "has radically changed the situation in the country for the better."
Margvelashvili was born in 1969. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Tbilisi State University and the Central European University in Prague, a Doctor of Philosophy. Engaged in teaching and research activities, headed a number of universities in Georgia. Since October 2012 - the Minister of Education and Science, since February this year - combines the post with the post of Deputy Prime Minister.
The next presidential election is scheduled for October. President is elected for a term of 5 years. The current head of state Mikheil Saakashvili, twice elected to the post from the party "United National Movement," is no longer eligible to run.
While the "United National Movement" has not put forward a candidate. Nevertheless, among the possible contenders the media calls, in particular, the former Speaker of Parliament David Bakradze and former Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili.