Grigol Mgaloblishvili

Grigol Mgaloblishvili (Georgian: გრიგოლ მგალობლიშვილი, pronounced [ɡriɡɔl mɡɑlɔbliʃvili]; born 7 October 1973) is a Georgian politician and diplomat who has been Georgia's Permanent Representative to NATO since 26 June 2009. He briefly served as the Prime Minister of Georgia from 1 November 2008 to 6 February 2009.[1]

Grigol Mgaloblishvili
გრიგოლ მგალობლიშვილი
Grigol Mgaloblishvili (November 20, 2008)
7th Prime Minister of Georgia
In office
1 November 2008 – 6 February 2009
President Mikheil Saakashvili
Preceded by Lado Gurgenidze
Succeeded by Nikoloz Gilauri
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Turkey
In office
20 October 2006 – 28 October 2008
Personal details
Born 7 October 1973 (age 44)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Political party Independent
Profession Diplomat
Website [1]

Early life

Grigol Mgaloblishvili was born in Tbilisi, the capital of the then-Soviet Georgia, to an academic family.[2] He served as the Georgian Ambassador to Turkey until 27 October 2008 when President Mikheil Saakashvili proposed him for the position of the Prime Minister of Georgia to the Parliament of Georgia. He speaks English, Turkish, Russian and German.[2]

Prime minister

Mgaloblishvili was approved as the Prime Minister on 1 November 2008.

In December 2008, Russian media widely picked up a report by Georgia's tabloid Alia claiming that an incident occurred between Mgaloblishvili and Saakashvili in which the latter allegedly punched Mgaloblishvili and threw a telephone at him. The story did not explain what provoked the president.[3] Shortly afterwards, Mgaloblishvili left for Germany for a medical examination. Returning to Georgia, he called the "hype and rumors" ridiculous.[4] President Saakashvili also responded to the rumors, saying that after Mgaloblishvili's return "Russian will calm down and focus more on global issues."[5]

On 30 January 2009, during a press conference, Mgaloblishvili announced his resignation citing health problems and saying that he had suggested the President to consider nominating Nika Gilauri, the finance minister and first vice premier, for the prime minister's position.[6]

Ambassador to NATO

On 26 June 2009, Mgaloblishvili was approved by the Parliament of Georgia as the country's Permanent Representative to NATO.[1][2]

References

  1. ^ a b New Ambassadors to NATO, Armenia Approved. Civil Georgia. 26 June 2009
  2. ^ a b Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Mission of Georgia to NATO: Biography of Head of Mission Grigol Mgaloblishvili. 2011-04-10. ([URL:http://nato.mfa.gov.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=164]). Accessed: 2011-04-10. (Archived by WebCite®)
  3. ^ Georgia President Saakashvili 'punched' prime minister in the face. The Daily Telegraph. 2008-12-26
  4. ^ PM Back on Work, Responds on Press Reports. Civil Georgia. 12 January 2009
  5. ^ Saakashvili on PM’s Media Speculation. Civil Georgia. 13 January 2009
  6. ^ PM Mgaloblishvili Resigns. Civil Georgia. 30 January 2009

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