Georgian Parliament approves new cabinet

Tue 8 Mar 2005

In a 175-24 vote, the Georgian Parliament on 17 February approved the new cabinet formed by Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli. In an address to the parliament, the premier outlined the government's program for the next five years, with a focus on job creation and economic growth. The newest members of the cabinet include the former Georgian ambassador to Russia, Valeri Chechelashvili, becoming finance minister; Supreme Court Chairman Kote Kemularia being named justice minister; and Giorgi Papuashvili as environment minister. The prime minister, a former finance minister, was named to the post on 9 February to replace the late Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania.