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Saakashvili named Nika Gilauri as the new PM2009-01-31 12:38
Nika Gilauri, the Minister of Finance, will be the new PM, and that will be the only change in the Cabinet, said Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia at the meeting of the government on Friday.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to yesterday's messages, last evening Grigol Mgaloblishvilisubmitted resignation due to ill health and addressed the President with a request to find a new candidate for his position.
According to the ex-PM, there will be no significant changes in the government after his leave, and he regards Nikolai Gilauri as the best-fitting candidate for the PM's post.
"I myself advised the President to consider Gilauri as a candidate for this position", Grigol Mgaloblishvili stated.
In case the Parliament approves Gilauri as the new PM, he will be the fifth Prime Minister since the times of the "Rose Revolution" of 2003, the event which allowed the present-day President, Mikheil Saakashvili, to take office. David Bakradze, the Speaker of the Parliament, believes that the new Cabinet will be approved next week.
"Today we have no time for experimenting",said Saakashvili at the meeting, and after consultations with members of the government,the Parliament (including opposition) stated that "except of this change, no other changes at this stage"
According to the President, the new Minister of Finance will be Kakha Baindurashvili, today's Deputy of Gilauri.
The President praised him and noticed that this person regulated tax and customs services, and was appointed due to his professional merits but not due to belonging to some party.
Saakashvili noticed that despite some opinions, the Georgian government is stable, as many of the present-day ministers has been occupying their positions since 2004. - Novosti-Gruzia reports.
"We need to work like a military headquarters; we have no right to relax and we should work night and day in order not to sink in the economic storm which is now around Georgia", the President said.
"I want you to permanently explain to the society what we are doing to save working placing and for maintaining stability in the country and for Georgia's unification" he said as, "situation, in terms of both economy and security, remains vulnerable," he added.