According to the Presidential Administration, the Government has applied to the President for the appointment of 12 ambassadors over the past year, and Salome Zurabishvili has approved all 12 candidacies

According to the Administration of the President of Georgia, during the last year, the President has approved all the candidacies nominated by the Government for appointment in diplomatic missions and international organizations.

Following the Georgian Dream's statement regarding the President that "during the past year, there have been numerous instances where the President has refused to appoint an ambassador or a diplomatic representative nominated by the Government," InterPressNews requested public information from the President's Administration as to how many many applications related to the appointment were submitted by the Government to the Presidential Administration, From January 1, 2021 to March 21, 2022, and how many were approved/rejected by Salome Zurabishvili.

As InterPressNews was informed by the Presidential Administration in response to the requested information, during this period, the Government of Georgia submitted 12 candidates for the post of ambassadors to the President, and the President signed the relevant decrees on the appointment for all 12 candidates.

"From January 1, 2021 to March 21, 2022, the Government of Georgia has nominated 12 candidates for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia, as well as the representative of Georgia in the international organization. An ordinance of the President of Georgia on the appointment to the relevant position has been issued for all the nominated candidates," the letter sent by the Presidential Administration to InterPressNews reads.

More specifically, according to the information of the Presidential Administration, by the decree of Salome Zurabishvili, the following 12 persons were appointed to positions:

Vakhtang Makharoblishvili - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of Belgium and Representative of Georgia to the European Union;

Sophio Katsarava - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Permanent Representative of Georgia to the International Maritime Organization;

Zaza Gabunia - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the United Mexican States;

Giorgi Zakarashvili - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Ukraine and Permanent Representative of Georgia to GUAM;

David Solomonia - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands;

Irakli Khutsurauli - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Finland;

Irakli Khutsurauli - to be appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of Sweden;

Zurab Beridze - to be appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Poland;

Natela Menabde - to be appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of Denmark;

Teimuraz Lezhava - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Japan;

Levan Diasamidze - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Moldova;

Salome Shapakidze - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Lithuania.

We would like to remind you that the Government of Georgia is appealing to the Constitutional Court against President Salome Zurabishvili.

According to a statement issued by the Georgian Dream Political Council on March 15, in the process of implementing foreign policy, there is a violation of the Constitution by the President, which needs to be confirmed by the Constitutional Court.

In particular, according to the ruling party, during the past year, there have been numerous cases when the President has refused to appoint an ambassador or a diplomatic representative nominated by the Government, which is grossly contrary to the Constitution of Georgia.

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