Georgian PM nominates interior minister as successor

Georgia`s Prime Minister on Saturday proposed his close ally, Interior Minister Irakly Garibashvili, to succeed him when he steps down in the next few weeks, after election.

Reuters| Updated: Nov 02, 2013, 19:07 PM IST

Tbilisi: Georgia`s Prime Minister on Saturday proposed his close ally, Interior Minister Irakly Garibashvili, to succeed him when he steps down in the next few weeks, after election.

Billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili has said he will quit as premier after Georgy Margvelashvili is sworn in as president on November 17. The prime minister`s position is the most powerful in the former Soviet republic under constitutional changes which transferred many of the president`s responsibilities to the premier and a parliament.

Garibashvili still has to be nominated by parliament and approved by Margvelashvili, but both steps are a formality as Ivanishvili`s Georgian Dream coalition dominates the assembly and the president is an ally of Ivanishvili.