Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, a former opposition politician and son of late Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia, will quit the Parliament to take the post of Georgia’s permanent representative to Geneva-based International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The Parliament has voted in favor of the decision at a session on June 24.
The appointment means creation of an additional post in the diplomatic service, because previously both ITU and WMO were covered by Georgia’s embassy in Switzerland, as ambassador’s title also includes “the permanent representation of Georgia to UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva.”
Konstantine Gamsakhurdia lived in Switzerland before returning back to Georgia and launching a political party, Freedom, in 2004.
Gamsakhurdia was a lawmaker for less than two years. He joined the Parliament in November, 2009 after constitutional amendments, which allowed ten opposition politicians to regain their MP seats renounced following the 2008 parliamentary elections; only Gamsakhurdia used the opportunity to join the legislative body with the only purpose to lead an ad hoc commission to study circumstances of death of his father, President Zviad Gamsakhurdia, seventeen years ago. The commission completed its work in February, 2011 casting doubt over an official version of the Gamsakhurdia’s death according to which he committed suicide.