Tengiz Sigua

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Tengiz Sigua
თენგიზ სიგუა
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2nd Prime Minister of Georgia
In office
8 November 1992 – 5 August 1993
(acting from 6 January 1992)
President Eduard Shevardnadze
Preceded by Besarion Gugushvili
Succeeded by Otar Patsatsia
Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Georgia
In office
15 November 1990 – 18 August 1991
President Zviad Gamsakhurdia
Preceded by Nodar Chitanava
Succeeded by Murman Omanidze (acting);
Besarion Gugushvili
Personal details
Born (1934-11-09) 9 November 1934 (age 83)
Lentekhi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union

Tengiz Sigua (born 9 November 1934) is a Georgian politician and former Prime Minister of the country.[1]

Sigua was an engineer by profession[1] and entered politics on the eve of the Soviet Union’s collapse. In 1990 he led an expert group of the bloc "Round Table-Free Georgia". Following the first multiparty elections in Georgia, he was elected Chair of the Ministers’ Council of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic on 14 November 1990.[1]

He was the prime minister in Zviad Gamsakhurdia’s government from 15 November 1990 to 18 August 1991. However, he resigned in August 1991 after disagreements with the president.[1] Along with the National Guard leader Tengiz Kitovani and the paramilitary leader Jaba Ioseliani, he became a leader of the uneasy opposition which launched a violent coup against the President in December 1991-January 1992. After Gamsakhurdia’s fall, he became Prime Minister in the Georgian interim government (Military Council, later transformed into the State Council) which was joined by Eduard Shevardnadze) on 6 January 1992.[1] He was reappointed Prime Minister on 8 November 1992 by the newly elected Parliament.

He resigned on 6 August 1993 after the Parliament rejected the budget submitted by the government.[2] He remained as an MP, led the National Liberation Front opposition party and backed a military solution of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict.

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  1. ^ a b c d e "SIGUA, TENGIZ". Dictionary of Georgian National Biography. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Transition to democracy, Volume 72. International Institute for Democracy. p. 174. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Bessarion Gugushvili
Prime Minister of Georgia
Succeeded by
Eduard Shevardnadze