09TBILISI170, GEORGIAN PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS, FINANCE MINISTER

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09TBILISI170 2009-01-30 14:46 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO9344
OO RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHNP RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #0170 0301446
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 301446Z JAN 09
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0868
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 000170 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/25/2019 
TAGS: ECON ENRG PGOV PREL RU GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIAN PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS, FINANCE MINISTER 
TO HEAD GOVERNMENT 
 
REF: TBILISI 90 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1.  (C) After a prolonged illness over the past few months, 
including extensive treatment in Europe, Prime Minister 
Mgaloblishvili submitted his resignation to the President on 
January 30.  Although only 35 years old, Mgaloblishvili is 
suffering from kidney disease and as reported reftel, is 
visibly ill and not improving.  According to the Prime 
Minister's chief of staff, First Vice Prime Minister and 
Finance Minister Nika Gilauri will be publicly named prime 
minister by President Saakashvili in a speech to the country 
later this evening.  Mgaloblishvili has been ill for over a 
month, and many, including post believed that Gilauri would 
be the likely successor (reftel).  When we contacted Deputy 
Minister of Finance Dmitri Gvindadze he said that they were 
in a meeting, and that while, at this point, he could not 
officially confirm Gilauri was the new PM, it was "most 
likely." 
 
2.  (C) Gilauri has long been a close contact of post, 
especially on economic and assistance issues.  When 
Mgaloblishvili took office in late October, Gilauri assumed a 
large part of what had been prior PM responsibilities, namely 
coordinating post-conflict assistance.  Prior to assuming the 
job of Finance Minister, Gilauri served as Minister of Energy 
from February 2004 to September 2007.  Gilauri received his 
BA in economics from the University of Limerick and his MA in 
international business management from the University of 
Philadelphia. 
TEFFT

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