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Prime Minister to attend President speech

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Tuesday, April 4
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will attend President Giorgi Margvelashvili’s annual speech, which will take place in Parliament on April 7.

Georgia’s Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Viktor Dolidze also announced that the cabinet ministers would also attend the annual occasion.

“It will depend on the agenda of the government as to which ministers will attend the President's speech in Parliament,” Dolidze said.

"We need to discuss the issue with the Prime Minister. However, I can confirm that the PM and several ministers will attend the delivery of the speech. I think that such a visit and the delivery of a report is good. However, probably not all the ministers will be able to be present,” said Dolidze.

The President delivered his third annual state of the nation address in Parliament on February last year.

PM Kvirikashvili (unlike his predecessor Irakli Garibashvili who refrained from attending the event) and some government members were present in the Parliament chamber in Kutaisi along with the chairperson of the Supreme Court, the chairman of the Constitutional Court, the central bank chief and foreign diplomats.

As in previous years, the president and the opposition spoke about the need for a changed format of the address, referring to the holding of debates after the speech.

However, the ruling team believes there is no need to hold debates around the topics the President will touch on.

As the president’s administration announced, Margvelashvili will highlight all important issues during his address.