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Ivanishvili asked Saakashvili to vacate the palace2012-11-02 17:51
Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili has demanded President Mikheil Saakashvili to vacate the President's residence in Tbilisi, the Interfax reported. Though, the head of the Cabinet has no plans to settle in the presidential palace.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Maintenance of the presidential palace is very expensive for our state, so let Saakashvili go to work in the State Office Building", Ivanishvili told reporters. However, he added, he was not going to occupy the palace instead of Saakashvili.
According to the head of the Georgian government, it is immoral to live in a palace while there are so many refugees and poor people. He said the only the cost of power consumed by the presidential palace annually costed 800 thousand lari (about $ 500 thousand) from the budget, the Lenta.ru reported.
"Therefore I appeal to Saakashvili, let him vacate the palace, and the money saved from this will be spent on the needs of refugees and poor people", Ivanishvili stated.
Residence of the president of Georgia is located in Avlabari - historic district of Tbilisi. Its construction began in 2004 on the initiative of Saakashvili and was completed in 2009.