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Parliamentary Committees Chairpersons Elected
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 21 Oct.'12 / 21:28

After forming factions and electing parliamentary speaker and vice speakers, the new Parliament elected at its inaugural session on October 21 chairpersons of all fifteen parliamentary committees.

As a parliamentary majority, the Georgian Dream coalition took the chairmanship posts of all the committees.

Nine out of fifteen parliamentary committees are led by representatives from Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party; Irakli Alasania-led Our Georgia Free Democrats and Republican Party members chair two committees each; Industrialist and National Forum representatives became chairmen of one committee each.

Posts have been distributed as follows:

  • Committee for Agriculture – Gigla Agulashvili of the Republican Party;
  • Committee for Human Rights – Eke Beselia of GDDG;
  • Committee for Education, Science and Culture – Ivane Kiguradze of GDDG
  • Committee for Environment Protection and Natural Resources – Zurab Zviadauri of GDDG, instead of initially nominated Gia Tsagareishvili of OGFD;
  • Committee for Sector Economy and Economic Policy – Zurab Tkemaladze of Industrialist, instead of initially planned Nodar Khaduri of GDDG, who is slated to become Finance Minister;
  • Committee for European Integration – Victor Dolidze of OGFD;
  • Committee for Defense and Security – Irakli Sesiashvili of GDDG;
  • Committee for Legal Affairs – Vakhtang Khmaladze of the Republican Party;
  • Committee for Regional Policy, Self-Government and Mountainous Regions – Irakli Tripolski of GDDG;
  • Committee for Foreign Affairs – Tedo Japaridze of GDDG;
  • Committee for Procedural Issues and Rules – Irina Imerlishvili of GDDG;
  • Committee for Finances and Budgetary Issues – Davit Onoprishvili of OGFD;
  • Committee for Sport and Youth Affairs – Leri Khabelov of GDDG;
  • Committee for Healthcare and Social Issues – Dimitri Khundadze GDDG;
  • Committee for diaspora and Caucasus issues - Gubaz Sanikidze of the National Forum

Some committees consist of 14 members and others of 12 members. In those committees where number of seats is 14, eight seats should be taken by representatives from the Georgian Dream coalition, rest will go to UNM lawmakers. In committees with 12 seats, seven members will be from GD coalition and others from UNM. A chairperson of each committee can have three deputies one of which should be a representative from UNM.

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