Giorgi Kvirikashvili has resigned as prime minister of Georgia. In a press briefing at the State Chancellary in Tbilisi on Wednesday (13 June), Kvirikashvili cited differences on economic policy with the leaderhip of his party - the Georgian Dream, as the reason.
Reports from various sources in Georgia say that the prime minister was criticised for the economic performance of the government at a meeting of the leadership of the Georgian Dream party held yesterday under the chairmanship of Bidhzina Ivanishvili.
photo: Giorgi Kvirikashvili announcing his resignation as prime minister of Georgia on 13 June 2018 (screen grab from Rustavi 2 TV).
Azerbaijani media identified him as Bahram Hasanzada, a foreign citizen, and says he "was engaged in espionage according to instructions from foreign services, to the detriment of Azerbaijan's state security".
The report makes a number of recommendations that "aim to guide peace negotiators, policymakers, donors, and national and international civil society activists who work to promote mutual understanding and peace between the societies divided by the Nagorny Karabakh conflict".