Georgian Prime Minister resigns

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced his resignation after a series of antigovernment protests shook the capital, Tbilisi.

Kvirikashvili made the announcement on June 13, citing “disagreements” with the leader of the ruling Georgian Dream party, tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili, as a reason for his decision.

“I think this is the moment now when the leader of the party should be given an opportunity to form a new cabinet,” he also said in his televised statement.

Even before the end of an extraordinary session in the Georgian “Dream office,” all members of the party denied the rumors about the possible resignation of the prime minister. This morning some members of the parliament urged the prime minister to leave the post.

The resignation of Kvirikashvilii from his post implies the dissolution of the government. The parliamentary majority will present to the president a new cabinet within 7 days. The president, in his turn, should present the composition of the government to the parliament.