Europe Georgian Foreign Minister Panjikidze Announces Resignation

Georgian Foreign Minister Panjikidze Announces Resignation

Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze
Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze

Georgia’s Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze announced her resignation at a briefing Wednesday.

“Presented here are [First Deputy Foreign Minister] David Zalkaliani, [Deputy foreign ministers] Tamar Beruchashvili, Vladimir
Gurgenidze and we are also joined by Davit Jalagania, who is currently in Cuba on an official visit. We are leaving our present posts, we are leaving our political coalition of the Gruzinskaya Mechta [Georgian Dream],” Panjikidze said.
Panjikidze, who had an extensive diplomatic career before entering politics, was appointed foreign minister on October 25, 2012.
On Tuesday, Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili sacked the country’s defense minister, Irakly Alasaniya, saying he would not allow the politicization of that particular ministry.
The announcement came hours after Alasaniya stated that a «targeted attack» was being carried out against the defense sector, referring to criminal cases filed against Defense Ministry officials.
Shortly after, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alex Petriashvili, who is also a member of Alasaniya’s Free Democrats party and the Georgian Dream coalition, announced his resignation.