Deutsche Welle Corrects Article About Gakharia

Yesterday, the English edition of Deutsche Welle published the article regarding Giorgi Gakharia's appointment as Prime Minister of Georgia, calling him a "Moscow man."

A few hours later, Deutsche Welle corrected the article, saying that Gakharia was called so by the opposition. At the same time, the publication writes that the new Prime Minister is a former Lufthansa manager and publishes statements regarding Georgia's EU and NATO aspirations.

“Giorgi Gakharia, who the opposition previously labeled "Moscow's man," has been appointed the prime minister. He is blamed for orchestrating a violent crackdown against anti-government protesters, many of them youths.

The Georgian parliament on Sunday appointed a controversial figure to become the country's prime minister in a move that has triggered protests in the capital, Tbilisi.

Lawmakers voted 98 to 0 in favor of former Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia, with the opposition — which had previously labeled the new leader as "Moscow's man" — boycotting the vote.

Gakharia is widely seen as the chief architect of a violent crackdown against Georgian anti-government protesters in June.

The protests were triggered by a Russian lawmaker addressing parliament in his native Russian while sitting in the Georgian parliamentary speaker's seat.

But Gakharia tried to dismiss the opposition's claims that he has close ties to Moscow by taking aim at Russia's occupation of Georgian breakaway provinces, South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

"We all agree that occupation is the biggest problem, the biggest challenge, the greatest evil in our country," said Gakharia.

"The most important component of our security dimension is Georgia’s foreign policy, the country’s pro-Western orientation, and European and Euro-Atlantic integration…The United States is our main strategic partner and there are no limitations in our cooperation," Gakharia said," reads the article published by DW. 

10 September 2019 13:01