TBILISI, DFWatch — The Georgian Dream coalition leader and likely prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili today named his candidates for government ministers and other top positions.
Head of Georgia’s National Bank will be Nodar Javakhishvili, chair of Cartu Bank, a bank affiliated with Ivanishvili, which was driven to bankruptcy by the government after Ivanishvili decided to go into politics.
General Auditor at the State Audit Office, which was previously known as the Chamber of Control, will be Revaz Shavilshvili, who used to be chair of the Chamber of Control during Eduars Shevardnadze’s presidency.
The State Audit Office is a state body which for the last year has been authorized to track the financial activity of political parties and subjects, as well as individuals and legal persons. The Audit Office has fined many politicians, individuals and legal persons during the election campaign, most of them Georgian Dream members or affiliated people.
Archil Kbilashvili, a lawyer who defended the rights of Bidzina Ivanishvili in a number of court cases involving claims by the audit office, is presented to the post as chief prosecutor.
Maya Miminoshvili will be chair of the National Exam Center, where she used to work for years, but was fired recently in a case heavy with political overtones.
Bidzina Ivanishvili was today asked about a possible candidate for future president of Georgia.
He said they do not have a candidate yet.
“But if you want to know my choice right now it would be Vakhtang Khmaladze,” he said.
Vakhtang Khmaladze is legal expert mainly working on the constitution. He presented Georgian Dream on election as a majoritarian candidate for Tbilisi’s Didube district and won with about 71 percent of the votes.
There were talks that the coalition would present Irakli Alasania, one of its leaders, to the post of president. But Ivanishivli said his coalition has found a more interesting post for him, as he is now candidate for defense minister.
The next presidential election is to be held in October 2013. But in January, the country will go over to being a parliamentary republic, instead of a presidentially run republic, which means that the prime minister will have increased authority, while the president’s authority will be reduced.