Vazha Lortkipanidze

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Vazha Lortkipanidze
ვაჟა ლორთქიფანიძე
State Minister of Georgia
In office
July 31, 1998 – May 11, 2000
President Eduard Shevardnadze
Preceded by Nikoloz Lekishvili
Succeeded by Giorgi Arsenishvili
Ambassador of Georgia to Russia
In office
1995–1998
Chief of Staff of Presidential Administration of Georgia
In office
January 6, 1992 – January 17, 1995
Personal details
Born (1949-11-29) 29 November 1949 (age 68)
Tbilisi, Georgia

Vazha Lortkipanidze (Georgian: ვაჟა ლორთქიფანიძე; born November 29, 1949) is a Georgian politician, former Prime Minister of Georgia and Ambassador of Georgia to Russia, member of the Parliament of Georgia.

Early years[edit]

Lortkipanidze was born on November 29, 1949 in Tbilisi, Georgia.[1] In 1973, he graduated from Mathematics Department of Tbilisi State University and Moscow Academy of Sciences with bachelor's and then doctoral degrees.[2]

In 1983-1986, he was second and then first secretary of Central Committee of Georgian Komsomol during Eduard Shevardnadze's tenure as the First Secretary of Georgian SSR.[3] In 1986-1988, he was the First Secretary of Mtatsminda Regional Committee of Communist Party of Georgia and then worked as the head of department in the CC of Communist Party of Georgia and in 1989-1990 as Deputy Chairman of Cabinet of Ministers of Georgia.[2]

Political career[edit]

When Zviad Gamsakhurdia took over with independence of Georgia, Lortkipanidze left government work finding a job at Tbilisi Research Institute, but with Shevardnadze's return to power in January 1992, he was immediately appointed Chief of Staff of Presidential Administration of Georgia, a post he held until January 17, 1995.[4][3][5] From 1995 through 1998, he was the Ambassador of Georgia to Russia. His additional duties were representing the Georgian side in the Russian-mediated negotiations with Abkhazia.[2] He had good relations with high-ranking officials in the Russian government[6] but at home he was considered pro-Russian by the opposition parties.[3] Lortkipanidze was appointed Prime Minister of Georgia on July 31, 1998 shortly after Nikoloz Lekishvili resigned from the post on July 26 due to criticism on economic policies. Lortkipanidze left the post on May 11, 2000 and was replaced by Giorgi Arsenishvili.[3][7] He was elected the leader of Christian-Democratic Union of Georgia in November 2002.[8]

Considered a close ally to Shevardnadze, he was appointed the head of the campaign for pro-presidential block Alliance for New Georgia in the Georgian presidential election campaign.[9]

He has a PhD in Economics and is currently a professor at Tbilisi State University.[2] He married Irine Khomeriki in 1983 and they have two children: Nino (1984) and Ana (1993).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Members of Parliament of Georgia. Lortkipanidze Vazha". Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d "ВАЖА ЛОРДКИПАНИДЗЕ НЕ ПРЕТЕНДУЕТ НА ПОСТ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА ГРУЗИИ" [Vazha Lortkipanidze is not running for president]. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d "LORTKIPANIDZE TAKING CHARGE OF GEORGIA'S CABINET OF MINISTERS". The Jamestown Foundation. 1998-07-31. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  4. ^ "THE GEORGIAN CHRONICLE. Monthly Bulletin. January 1995" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  5. ^ Wheatley, Jonathan (2005). Georgia from national awakening to Rose Revolution: delayed transition in the former Soviet Union. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 76. ISBN 0-7546-4503-7. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  6. ^ Tea Gularidze (2003-09-08). "Tycoon's Money to Help Pro-Presidential Bloc". Civil Georgia. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  7. ^ Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia. United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis. 2002. p. 173. ISBN 1-85743-137-5. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  8. ^ "Бывший посол Грузии в России Важа Лорткипанидзе избран председателем партии "Христиан-Демократический союз"" [Former Ambassador of Georgia to Russia Vazha Lortkipanidze elected chairman of Christian Democratic Union]. Novosti E1. 2002-11-12. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  9. ^ Jaba Devdariani (2003-09-10). "Shevardnadze Appointments Boost Pro-Presidential Bloc's Election Chances in Georgia". Eurasianet. Retrieved 2011-06-02.