Georgian MPs approve controversial new prime minister

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TBILISI: Georgia's parliament on Sunday (Sep 8) confirmed an ex-interior minister accused of cracking down on protesters as the country's new ...

TBILISI: Georgia's parliament on Sunday confirmed an ex-interior minister accused of cracking down on protesters as the country's new prime minister, fuelling political tensions in the ex-Soviet nation.AdvertisementGakharia, 44, is deeply hated by Georgia's opposition for overseeing a security operation against anti-Russia protests in June.

He rejected those claims in a speech before his approval, saying Georgia remained on its path towards closer ties with the European Union and NATO."The most important component of our security is the country's pro-Western orientation, and European and Euro-Atlantic integration," Gakharia said.

Several dozen anti-government protesters rallied outside parliament on Sunday against Gakharia's appointment, some with sheep to symbolise the ruling party's subservience to Ivanishvili.

 

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