TBILISI, DFWatch–After a crushing victory in the parliamentary elections, Georgia’s ruling party this week began the work of forming a new government. Several changes have been proposed ahead of a meeting in the GD political council to take place at the end of this week.
No drastic changes have been suggested in the reshuffle, Rezonansi newspaper reports.
Among the most important posts, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and his deputy Kakhi Kaladze will both remain; the latter still as head of the Energy Ministry.
Kaladze stepped down briefly in order to take part in the election campaign, as required by the Georgian Election Code.
Health Minister Davit Sergeenko will also stay on.
But there are several name changes proposed when it comes to managing the economy. Finance minister Nodar Khaduri will be replaced by Dimitri Kumsishvili, the current economy minister.
Kumsishvili has a background from former PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Kartu Bank, according to 2030, a news agency close to GD.
In Georgia, the Finance Ministry has more power than the Economy Ministry.
Likely new head of the Economy Ministry is Giorgi Gvakharia, Georgia’s business ombudsman, another member of Ivanishvili’s ‘inner circle’.
When it comes to the ministers for agriculture and European integration, they will also be replaced, 2030 reports. Otar Danelia, who stepped down in order to be on the ballot, will not return as minister.
The state minister for European integration, Davit Bakradze, was earlier appointed as Georgia’s ambassador to the United States. He might be replaced by Victor Dolidze, one of the top people in the Free Democrats Party. Dolidze left the party after it failed to surpass the five percent threshold in the parliamentary elections.