Lasha Zhvania, Chief of President’s Administration announced that he will step down from his position on May 1, 2019. He will return to the Charity Foundation of the Patriarchy of the Georgian Orthodox Church, a position that he held before assuming office alongside President Salome Zurabishvili.
In his Facebook post on April 19, Zhvania explained that he approached the President in March and requested to vacate the position at a convenient moment.
Zhvania explained, that at the time when he assumed the office at the Presidency “his Holiness [Patriarch Ilia II] satisfied the President’s request to assign me to the President’s administration, but did not release me from the Charity Foundation of the Patriarchy.” “So starting from May 1, I will leave the President’s administration and continue my work with my sweet and wise Patriarch,” Zhvania wrote.
He also thanked President Zurabishvili “for endowing him with great responsibility,” and said they “have surmounted a difficult period” of setting up the Presidency’s functioning in accordance with the new, more limited constitutional provisions and establishing relations with the executive and the wider society.