The billionaire with the reputation of being the country's 'shadow ruler' is going to lead the ruling party
Bidzina Ivanishvili, the former Prime Minister of Georgia (2012-2013), is returning to politics as chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia party, just a few months before the presidential elections which are scheduled for October 2018. This was stated today by Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia, who has personally asked the former prime minister to return to politics – Ivanishvili agreed.
The statement was made at a special briefing after his meeting with the parliamentary majority.
“There is a need to strengthen the Georgian Dream party. The processes that are going on inside the party are very important. Therefore, it is essential for us to keep consensus in regard to fundamental state issues. It is clear to all that the presence of the party founder, Mr. Ivanishvili, is a key factor for our team. I want to say that I asked the founder of our party to lead it (again). I am very glad that he has consented,” said Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
According to the Prime Minister, in the next few days the political council of the party will be in session, and will hold a party convention at which the delegates will choose Ivanishvili as head of the party. Also, the body of the political council will be re-elected.