|President Eduard Shevardnadze|
Name Tengiz Sigua
Preceded by Besarion Gugushvili
Succeeded by Otar Patsatsia
|President Zviad Gamsakhurdia|
Resigned August 5, 1993
Preceded by Nodar Chitanava
|Born 9 November 1934 (age 81)
Lentekhi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union (1934-11-09) |
Role Former Prime Minister of Georgia
Education Georgian Technical University
Previous office Prime Minister of Georgia (1992–1993)
Similar People Tengiz Kitovani, Jaba Ioseliani, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Eduard Shevardnadze, Vladislav Ardzinba
Tengiz Sigua (born 9 November 1934) is a Georgian politician and former Prime Minister of the country.
Sigua was an engineer by profession and entered politics on the eve of the Soviet Union’s collapse. In 1990 he led an expert group of the bloc "Round Table-Free Georgia". Following the first multiparty elections in Georgia, he was elected Chair of the Ministers’ Council of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic on 14 November 1990.
He was the prime minister in Zviad Gamsakhurdia’s government from 15 November 1990 to 18 August 1991. However, he resigned in August 1991 after disagreements with the president. Along with the National Guard leader Tengiz Kitovani and the paramilitary leader Jaba Ioseliani, he became a leader of the uneasy opposition which launched a violent coup against the President in December 1991-January 1992. After Gamsakhurdia’s fall, he became Prime Minister in the Georgian interim government (Military Council, later transformed into the State Council) which was joined by Eduard Shevardnadze) on 6 January 1992. He was reappointed Prime Minister on 8 November 1992 by the newly elected Parliament.
He resigned on 6 August 1993 after the Parliament rejected the budget submitted by the government. He remained as an MP, led the National Liberation Front opposition party and backed a military solution of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict.