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Georgian PM announced candidates for Ministers of Economy, Culture and Defense2008-12-09 10:41
Reshuffle of Georgian government continues. As Georgian PM, Grigol Mgaloblishvili, said at the extraordinary briefing this morning, the decision was made after long consultations.gt-en-newsitem-inside
«It's of vital importance for implementations of the tasks determined by the 18-month program of the government, of promises given to the people, of coping with the crisis the country faced after the events in August", - the PM said.
The introduced Minister of economic Development was Lasha Zhvania, the MP, the chairman of the committee for foreign affairs. The Prime Minister mentioned that this person has a considerable experience of diplomatic work and relations with investors.
Before elected to the parliament, Zhvania was Georgian ambassador to Israel; previously worked in the Ministry of Finance.
Ekaterina Sharashidze, the present-day Minister of Economy, will be back to her position in the Presidential Administration, she occupied before she was appointed the Minister. Mgaloblishvili expressed his gratitude for her work, especially for her contribution to economical stability in the period of war in August.
David Sikharulidze, the ex-ambassador of Georgia to the USA, was appointed the Minister of Defense. Mgaloblishvili described him as a person, who has much experience in diplomacy, defense sphere and NATO mission. Currently, Sikharulidze is abroad, but will be in Georgia in a few days.
Nikolai Rurua, the MP and deputy chairman of the committee on defense and security, wa introduced as the Minister of Culture.
«Nika Rurua is known as an expert in the sphere of defense and security, but we believe that today our line of defense lies in popularization of Georgian culture, and that is especially important after events in August », - the PM explained.
After the appointments, only the position of Security Council Secretary remains vacant. The ex-Secretary, Alexander Lomaya, was dismissed last Friday. The same day David Kezerashvili, the Minister of Defense; Ekaterina Tkeshelashvili, the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Gia Nodia, the Minister of Education were sacked, Grigol vashadze, the Minister of Culture, was transferred to the position of the Foreign Minister. Nika Gvaramia, the ex-Minister of Justice, was appointed the Minister of Education.