facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Georgia's new Cabinet unveiled

Oct. 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM   |   Comments

TBILISI, Georgia, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The leader of the Georgian Dream slate, winner of Oct. 1 parliamentary elections, announced his list of candidates for a new government in Georgia.

Georgian Dream leader Bidzina Ivanishvili announced Tuesday his final list of candidates for a new Cabinet, including defense minister and foreign minister, Russia's state-run news agency RIA Novosti reports. Many candidates named Monday were from the administration of former President Eduard Shevardnadze, ousted in the country's Rose Revolution in 2004.

Ivanishvili's slate takes 83 of the 150 seats in the Georgian Parliament. The United National Movement of President Mikheil Saakashvili takes the remaining 67 seats.

Saakashvili, accused of monopolizing power, was criticized for going to war with Russia in 2008 over the disputed territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and cutting diplomatic ties to Moscow.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen had said the alliance was ready to assist Georgia in the security sector, adding he was looking forward to a strong relationship with the new government in Tbilisi.

Georgia's government will shift to a parliamentary system after another round of elections next year.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Firing range instructor shot by 9-year-old girl dies
2
California man Douglas McCain killed fighting alongside Islamic State in Syria
3
Foley execution may show two executioners, experts ID account used to post video
4
Bodies of missing family found in Oregon lake
5
Indiana sinkhole threatens to swallow three cities
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback