Giorgi Gakharia

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Giorgi Gakharia
გიორგი გახარია
Giorgi Gakharia.jpg
Prime Minister of Georgia
Assumed office
8 September 2019
PresidentSalome Zourabichvili
Preceded byMamuka Bakhtadze
Minister of Internal Affairs
In office
13 November 2017 – 8 September 2019
Prime MinisterGiorgi Kvirikashvili
Mamuka Bakhtadze
Preceded byGiorgi Mgebrishvili
Succeeded byVakhtang Gomelauri
Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia
In office
17 July 2018 – 8 September 2019
Prime MinisterMamuka Bakhtadze
Preceded byDimitri Kumsishvili
Secretary of the National Security Council
In office
1 May 2019 – 3 September 2019
Preceded byDavid Rakviashvili
Succeeded byLevan Izoria
Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
In office
27 November 2016 – 13 November 2017
Prime MinisterGiorgi Kvirikashvili
Mamuka Bakhtadze
Preceded byDimitri Kumsishvili
Succeeded byDimitri Kumsishvili
Personal details
Born (1975-03-19) 19 March 1975 (age 44)
Tbilisi, Soviet Union
(now Georgia)
Political partyGeorgian Dream
Alma materTbilisi State University

Giorgi Gakharia (Georgian: გიორგი გახარია; born 19 March 1975) is a Georgian politician; since November 13, 2017 - Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia. In addition, he was appointed secretary of the National Security Council in May 2019. He was nominated to become Prime Minister on 3 September 2019.[1]

Education[edit]

In 1992–1994 Gakharia studied at Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University, faculty of History. In 1994-1999 he studied at Lomonosov Moscow State University. He is a Master of Political Science.[2] In 2002–2004 he studied at Lomonosov Moscow State University's Higher Business School (Master of Business Management). In 2006–2009 he was an invited lecturer in Applied Biotechnology at Moscow State University.[2]

Business activity[edit]

From May, 2004 to November, 2008 Gakharia took the position of the Director-General of SFK Group; from November, 2008 to February, 2013 he took the position of the Director of Germany GR & Business Development at the Lufthansa Service Holding AG. (LSG, Frankfurt am Main) in Eastern Europe, CIS countries and Russian Federation.[2]

Political career[edit]

Giorgi Gakharia started his political career since March 2013, when he became the Business Ombudsman of Georgia; he took the office until July 2016. From December, 2014 to September, 2016 G. Gakharia was the Secretary of Economic Council; from November 27, 2016 to November 13, 2017 – he was the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. On 13 November 2017 Giorgi Gakharia was appointed to the position of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia. He took up the post of the Vice Prime Minister. After being nominated as a Prime Minister, on 8 September 2019, Gakharia's incoming cabinet won the parliamentary vote of confidence with 98 votes with none against. [2]

Ministry of Internal Affairs[edit]

In November, 2017 the Government of Georgia subjected to some changes in its membership. The changes applied to the Ministry of Internal Affairs; consequently, on November 13, 2017 Giorgi Mgebrishvili was substituted and Giorgi Gakharia was appointed to the post of the Minister of Internal Affairs.[2]

Infantry Patrol[edit]

Several months after the appointment, for ensuring the security for tourists and tourist areas the Infantry Patrol Subunit was created within the Patrol Police Department of the Ministry. Infantry patrol officers have received 3-week special retraining courses at the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs; all of them know one or more foreign languages. They are provided with modern police equipment, including the latest generation of shoulder cameras.[3]

Human Rights Protection Department[edit]

The Human Rights Protection Department was created on January 1, 2018, in one month from the appointment of Giorgi Gakharia to the position of the Minister of Internal Affairs. The competences of the Department cover the timely response and effective investigation into the cases such as domestic offenses, violence against women, crimes committed on the ground of discrimination, trafficking, crime by/against juveniles.

2019 Georgian protests[edit]

Gakharia's resignation as Interior Minister was sought during the 2019 Georgian protests, following a violent crackdown on protestors in June 2019.[4][5]

He was nominated to the post of Prime Minister on 3 September 2019, to replace Mamuka Bakhtadze who had resigned the day before. The nomination of Gakharia was controversial, with some opposition parties leaving the parliamentary debate over his candidacy. However as the ruling Georgian Dream party has a supermajority, it was a symbolic gesture.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Georgia's interior minister nominated for PM post: RIA". Reuters. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Giorgi Gakharia". Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  3. ^ The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia continues Patrol Police reform
  4. ^ "Georgians are taking a stand against Vladimir Putin. Where is the West?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Russia suspends Georgia flights after violent clashes". 2019-06-22. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  6. ^ Lomsadze, Giorgi (3 September 2019). "Controversial minister slated to be Georgia's next PM". Eurasianet. Retrieved 3 September 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dimitri Kumsishvili
Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
2016-2017
Succeeded by
Dimitri Kumsishvili