Georgia’s State Audit Office will look into donations for presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili after a doctor who contributed ₾20,000 ($7,600) to her campaign said he would not vote for her. Several doctors at the Chachava and Ghudushauri clinics in Tbilisi have told the media that hospital administrators used their bank accounts to make donations to Zurabishvili. [Read more…]
A secret audio recording released on Friday suggests that former Georgian sports minister Levan Kipiani attempted to extort expensive cars for other ministers from Omega Group, a business group that owns local TV channel Iberia TV. The authenticity of the recording has not yet been verified, but this is the second secret audio recording released in recent weeks suggesting the government is applying pressure on Omega Group. [Read more…]
Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze has presented the new candidates for his ‘small government’, which will consist of 11 ministers. Among the selections were three newcomers to the cabinet. Early on Thursday it became clear that controversial Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani, who has been heavily criticised and urged to resign over ‘unsuccessful’ reforms, will remain in office. [Read more…]
Georgia will cut the number of ministries from 14 to 11, disbanding the ministries of culture, IDPs, and corrections, according to plans laid out by Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze following the first meeting of his cabinet on Tuesday. Bakhtadze said the process of selecting ministers was ‘almost over’ but declined to give names, as speculation in local media intensified over the future of embattled Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani. [Read more…]
Georgia’s Parliament has approved a ‘temporary cabinet’ led by new Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, voting 99 MPs in favour and 6 against. Before voting, Bakhtadze presented his plans to MPs and faced questions over a large transfer to the now-opposition United National Movement party back in 2012, which may have been illegal, and why he left certain information out of his CV. [Read more…]
The ruling Georgian Dream Party’s candidate for prime minister, Mamuka Bakhtadze, has submitted a list to Parliament for an updated ‘temporary’ cabinet, which he said would be revised after several weeks. The PM-designate also announced that he will cut the number of ministries from 14 to 11. [Read more…]
The ruling Georgian Dream party has nominated acting Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze to become Georgia’s next Prime Minister. At a press briefing on Thursday, the 36-year-old said he would present his plans based on ‘four principles’ in the following days. [Read more…]
Just two months after announcing sweeping reforms of Georgia’s banks, 36-year-old Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze looks set to become the new Prime Minister. While the country’s banks have become among the most profitable in the world, they have done so at the expense of ordinary Georgians. If Bakhtadze and his replacement at the finance ministry follow through on these reforms, they could be the first step in addressing some of Georgia’s most pressing economic woes.