Georgia deputy to step in after PM's resignation

As Georgia's Prime Minister-designate, Giorgi Kvirikashvili will nominate a new cabinet to be confirmed by the legislatureGeorgia’s president on Friday nominated vice premier Giorgi Kvirikashvili as the new head of government after the surprise resignation of Irakli Garibashvili. President Giorgi Margvelashvili said he had submitted Kvirikashvili’s candidacy to parliament for approval after the country’s ruling coalition threw its support behind the 48-year-old economist as it struggles to boost popularity ahead of key parliamentary polls next year. In brief comments to reporters, Kvirikashvili, who until now also served as foreign minister, said he was planning “some change — not a dramatic one” to the cabinet.

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