Georgia’s Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili claims his intended resignation later this month will help break the South Caucasus country’s dependence on strong political personalities. Yet, even if he gives up his formal title, political analysts in Tbilisi expect Ivanishvili to remain the power behind the Georgian government.
If all goes as it now seems, Georgia will enter uncharted political territory by the end of this month with a new prime minister whose powers exceed those of the president. The prime-minister-in-waiting is expected to be 31-year-old Interior Minister Irakli Gharibashvili, whose nomination requires parliamentary confirmation no later than a week after the November 17 inauguration of President-Elect Giorgi Margvelashvili. That shouldn’t be a problem, given that the legislature is controlled by Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream coalition.
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Molly Corso is a freelance journalist who also works as editor of Investor.ge, a monthly publication by the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.