|State Minister of Georgia|
December 8, 1995 – July 26, 1998
|Preceded by||Position established; Otar Patsatsia as the Prime minister of Georgia|
|Succeeded by||Vazha Lortkipanidze|
|Mayor of Tbilisi|
October 16, 1993 – December 8, 1995
|Preceded by||Konstantine Gabashvili|
|Succeeded by||Badri Shoshitaishvili|
20 April 1947 |
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Nikoloz "Niko" Lekishvili (Georgian: ნიკოლოზ [ნიკო] ლეკიშვილი; born April 20, 1947) is a Georgian politician and statesman, former Prime Minister of Georgia and Mayor of Tbilisi, member of the Parliament of Georgia.
Lekishvili was born on April 20, 1947 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He graduated from Georgian Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Heat and Energy Engineering (High Temperature Physics) in 1971. He then started working for the same institute as a scientific associate and senior scientific associate of the High Temperature Physics Department from 1971 through 1972. In 1972-1973, he was the instructor of Tbilisi City Komsomol Committee. In 1973-1974, he was the secretary and then the first secretary of the Pervomaysky District Komsomol Committee in Tbilisi. From 1974 through 1977, he worked as the secretary and the first secretary of Tbilisi City Komsomol Committee. Starting from 1977 until 1990, he held supervisory positions in Georgia's Communist Party and Soviet government bodies, serving as the second and the first secretary of the Party Committee of Pervomaysky District and then as the district's Chairman of the Executive Committee from 1977 through 1989, and as second and first secretary of the Party Committee from 1989 through 1990. In the midst of his governmental activities, he also graduated from Moscow Economy Academy in 1988.
At the end of 1990, Lekishvili founded Galo G.M. Co Ltd, merging it with Kavkasioni Co Ltd in 1991, which was then restructured and incorporated into Coca Cola Bottlers, Georgia. In 1994, Lekishvili family took control of the management of the company.
In 1990, Lekishvili was elected the Chairman of the City Executive Committee of Tbilisi and in 1990-1991 served as the Deputy Chairman of Supreme Council of Georgia. From January through November 1992, he served as the State Advisor to the Cabinet of Georgia. He was then elected deputy to the Parliament of Georgia during 1992 parliamentary elections, serving as an MP until November 1995. From September until October 1993, he was the representative of the Prime Minister of Georgia. In October 1993, he was appointed Mayor of Tbilisi. On December 8, 1995 he was appointed Prime Minister of Georgia by President Eduard Shevardnadze. As a result of criticism by the government over economic policies and the issue of Abkhazia, Lekishvili resigned from his post on July 26, 1998. Lekishvili was then re-elected to the parliament and was a member of Regional Politics and Local Government Committee. He was the leader of Majority coalition in the parliament since 1999 and one of the leaders of Citizen's Union of Georgia. Until late 2004, he chaired the Economic Policy Committee of the parliament. After the Rose Revolution in 2004, Lekishvili left the parliament.
Lekishvili is married and has two daughters.
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