Archil Talakvadze announced today he is stepping down as Parliament Speaker. The Georgian Dream will nominate Vice Speaker Kakha Kuchava, 41, as the new Parliamentary Chairperson.
Citing his involvement in recently concluded EU-mediated crisis talks between the Georgian Dream government and opposition, Talakvadze said Kuchava will lead the legislature from a “more neutral position.” He added that he will occupy MP Kuchava’s position of Vice Speaker.
Now that we have opposition in Parliament, my place is next to my colleagues in the plenary hall, not in the speaker’s position, said Talakvadze.
On his part, MP Kuchava thanked the outgoing Speaker and hailed Talakvadze for having “a right vision” of current political processes and of the prospects for the development of the Parliament as an institution.