|President Mikheil Saakashvili|
Resigned February 6, 2009
Succeeded by Nika Gilauri
|Political party Independent|
Party Independent politician
Preceded by Lado Gurgenidze
Name Grigol Mgaloblishvili
|Born 7 October 1973 (age 42)Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union (1973-10-07) |
Role Former Prime Minister of Georgia
Previous office Prime Minister of Georgia (2008–2009)
Education Tbilisi State University, University of Oxford
Grigol Mgaloblishvili (Georgian: გრიგოლ მგალობლიშვილი, [ɡriɡɔl mɡalɔbliʃvili]; born 7 October 1973) is a Georgian politician and diplomat who has been Georgia's Permanent Representative to NATO since 26 June 2009. He briefly served as the Prime Minister of Georgia from 1 November 2008 to 6 February 2009.
Early life and education
Grigol Mgaloblishvili was born in Tbilisi, the capital of the then-Soviet Georgia, to an academic family. He served as the Georgian Ambassador to Turkey until 27 October 2008 when President Mikheil Saakashvili proposed him for the position of the Prime Minister of Georgia to the Parliament of Georgia. He speaks English, Turkish, Russian and German.
Mgaloblishvili was approved as the Prime Minister on 1 November 2008.
In December 2008, Russian media widely picked up a report by Georgia's tabloid Alia claiming that an incident occurred between Mgaloblishvili and Saakashvili in which the latter allegedly punched Mgaloblishvili and threw a telephone at him. The story did not explain what provoked the president. Shortly afterwards, Mgaloblishvili left for Germany for a medical examination. Returning to Georgia, he called the "hype and rumors" ridiculous. President Saakashvili also responded to the rumors, saying that after Mgaloblishvili's return "Russian will calm down and focus more on global issues."
On 30 January 2009, during a press conference, Mgaloblishvili announced his resignation citing health problems and saying that he had suggested the President to consider nominating Nika Gilauri, the finance minister and first vice premier, for the prime minister's position.