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).
On Monday, 15 July, yet another incident occurred in the vicinity of the David Gareji Monastery which lies on a disputed area of the Georgian-Azerbaijani border. The monastery has turned from a place of worship to a flashpoint, with Georgian religious zealots trying to state their claim on the land as Georgian territory, and Azerbaijani border guards stopping them.