|11th Prime Minister of Georgia|
20 November 2013
|Preceded by||Bidzina Ivanishvili|
|Minister of Internal Affairs|
25 October 2012 – 17 November 2013
|Prime Minister||Bidzina Ivanishvili|
|Preceded by||Ekaterine Zguladze (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Aleksandre Chikaidze|
28 June 1982 |
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR
|Political party||Georgian Dream|
|Alma mater||Tbilisi State University (BA)
Irakli Garibashvili (Georgian: ირაკლი ღარიბაშვილი, also transliterated as Gharibashvili) (born June 28, 1982) is the Prime Minister of Georgia since 20 November 2013, and is a former business executive.
Garibashvili entered politics with his long-time associate, the businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, in October 2012. He served as Minister of Internal Affairs in the cabinet of Bidzina Ivanishvili from 2012 to 2013. Ivanishvili named Garibashvili as his successor as Prime Minister when he voluntarily stepped down in November 2013.
Born in Tbilisi, Irakli Garibashvili graduated from the Tbilisi State University (TSU) with a degree in International Relations in 2004. He also studied at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University from 2002 to 2004 and obtained a master's degree in International Relations from the TSU in 2005. Since 2004, he has worked with the multi-billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, becoming Director General of Ivanishvili's charity foundation Cartu in 2005, a member of the supervisory board of Ivanishvili's Cartu Bank in 2007 and director of the label Georgian Dream founded by Ivanishvili's pop-star son Bera in 2009.
Gharibashvili became involved in the politics of Georgia when Ivanishvili founded his political party Georgian Dream–Democratic Georgia in February 2012. He was included in the party list of MP candidates for the October 2012 parliamentary election.
Minister of Internal Affairs
After Georgian Dream's victory in the 2012 parliamentary election, Garibashvili was appointed as Minister of Internal Affairs in the cabinet of Prime Minister Ivanishvili on October 25, 2012. Garibashvili, then 30 years old and described by the Georgian media as "Ivanishvili's right-hand man", became the youngest member of Georgia's new government. Reforming the Interior Ministry, a powerful agency overseeing police, security and intelligence services, as well as the border guard and navy, was a part of the Georgian Dream's pre-election agenda.
From 2012 through 2013, the Interior Ministry arrested several high-ranking officials from the previous government, including the former ministers Bachana Akhalaia and Ivane Merabishvili. This led to concerns regarding selective justice and political vengeance and drew criticism from the domestic opposition and the international media. Garibashvili's agency also faced the post-election spike in crime in Georgia. Garibashvili defended the arrests as being in strict accordance with the law and justice and claimed that the rate of minor crime, albeit increased, was not alarming.
On November 2, 2013, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, who had declared his intention to quit the government following the October 2013 presidential election, named Garibashvili as his successor. He and his cabinet won in a vote of 93-19 in the Parliament of Georgia on 20 November 2013. Garibashvili thus occupied the most powerful political office in the country as the constitution amendments had transferred power from the president to the prime minister and the government. At heated parliamentary debates with the United National Movement minority during the vote, Garibashvili promised economic improvement and stressed that Georgia's EU and NATO aspiration would remain his foreign priorities. On 24 November 2013, he was elected chairman of the Georgian Dream–Democratic Georgia party, succeeding Ivanishvili.
Garibashvili is married to Nunu Tamazashvili (born 1983), with two sons, Nikoloz (born 2005) and Andria (born 2010). His father-in-law, Tamaz Tamazashvili, is a former police general who was arrested on charges of illegally carrying and keeping weapon and explosives in October 2011. Garibashvili, a member of then-opposition Georgian Dream party, claimed the arrest was politically motivated. After the Georgian Dream acceded to power in October 2012, Tamazashvili was released from prison.
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