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Georgia's prime minister resigns

Georgia's Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili has said he is stepping down. He did so in a televised address to the nation. Garibashvili has been Georgia's prime minister since November 20, 2013.

In line with the current Constitution, majority in the Georgia's parliament (now the Georgian Dream coalition) should nominate its candidature to the position of prime minister in a span of seven days and then file a request with the president to submit this person to the parliament for approval.

Among candidates are Interior Minister, Deputy Prime Minister Georgy Kvirikashvili, Healthcare Minister David Sergeyenko and Economics Minister Dmitry Kumsishvili.

Georgia's new Constitution, which was adopted in 2010 and came into effect in November 2013, limits the powers of the country's president and extends those of prime minister. Thus, the prime minister is head of the executive branch of power and has real levers of power while the president is considered to be head of state but his powers are curtailed.

Garibashvili, 33, has been doing martial arts since adolescence and was the country's kickboxing champion. He graduated from Tbilisi State University with degree in international relations and received further education at Sorbonne University in Paris.

Between 2004 and 2012, Garibashvili worked for a company owned by tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili. After Ivanishvili came into politics in October 2011, Garibashvili joined the tycoon's freshly established party Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia, part of the Georgian Dream political coalition that won the parliamentary election in October 2012.

On October 25, 2012, the parliament approved Garibashvili as the interior minister in the government headed by Ivanishvili.

On November 20, 2013, the parliament approved Garibashvili as prime minister.

[Source: Itar Tass, Tbilisi, 23Dec15]

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