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Shalva Pipia to be assigned new Agriculture Minister of Georgia2013-05-24 11:36
The acting head of the Agriculture Ministry of Georgia Shalva Pipia will be assigned the new Minister of the department. As told by the Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili in an interview with the Georgian media, he has decided to nominate Pipia to the post of Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, the Trend reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"I think I've made a good decision. The one who fulfills the duties of the Minister today will be appointed as a Minister. Rather, the decree on this occasion will be released on May 25, and I'll sign it," said Ivanishvili.
According to him, in the event that legal proceedings against David Kirvalidze "end well," he returns to the office. "So it is a temporary decision until the completion of the investigation," said the Prime Minister.
Recall, the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia David Kirvalidze resigned on May 2, due to the scandal around a number of officials of the depatment. Seven officials are accused of embezzling funds of the state budget in a large scale and professional negligence. Among them - the head of Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia Omar Tedoradze, director of the Institute of Agricultural Mechanization Zaza Makharoblidze, director of the LC "Mekhanizator" Vaja Nakhutsrishvili and his deputies - Mamuka Ivanidze and Besik Tetvadze, Professor of the Agricultural University Otar Karchava, as well as expert Givi Kaihosroshvili.