TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili may announce his resignation at a special briefing planned at his office on Wednesday, at 8pm Tbilisi time.
The PM’s resignation was reported earlier by Georgian news agencies, and although it has yet not been officially confirmed, there is an increasing expectation that he will in fact step down.
Members of the parliamentary majority reacted with confusion. Gia Volsky, who is leader of the ruling Georgian Dream faction in parliament, was asked to comment on the PM’s possible resignation and answered that it ‘is being considered’, but no decision has been taken.
“I cannot give a quick response to this question,” Gia Volsky said. “I don’t think we should make hasty decisions… We’ll know soon.”
According to Georgian media reports, Garibashvili will be replaced by Irakli Kvirikashvili, First Deputy PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The parliamentary opposition immediately commented, stating that former PM Bidzina Ivanishvili might be behind such developments.
The news was first reported by the website of Radio Pirveli. According to the website, it was confirmed by anonymous sources at the PM’s office that Garibashvili will step down.