Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili said on Wednesday he had resigned in a surprise move less than a year ahead of a parliamentary election.
“I’ve made a decision today to resign from the post of prime minister. … I’m leaving this position today, but will remain a loyal soldier of my motherland,” Garibashvili said in a televised address to the nation.
Under Georgian law, President Giorgi Margvelashvili now has seven days to name a candidate for the prime minister’s post, who then must be approved by parliament. The Georgian Dream has a majority in parliament, so the approval of a new prime minister is expected to be smooth.