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Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze resigns

In a surprise move, Mamuka Bakhtadze, the prime minister of Georgia, has resigned.

In a statement on Facebook, Mr Bakhtadze, who became prime minister in June of last year, said that he had fulfilled his mission.

“The purpose of my appointment for the post of prime minister in 2018 was to create and implement a strategic development framework for the country, which would ensure the achievement of our goals in the coming years, and would serve as a guide for the development of the country. A Strategic Development Framework has been created, implemented, and I have therefore decided to resign because I believe that I have fulfilled my mission at this stage,” wrote Mr Bakhtadze, who prior to becoming prime minister had served as Georgia’s finance minister.

He added that he will remain a member of the ruling Georgian Dream party.

According to the Georgian media, Bakhtadze is set to be replaced by the current interior minister, Giorgi Gakharia.

The Georgian government has faced severe criticism in recent weeks as the country’s currency, the lari, has reached record lows against the dollar.