Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili oncommented on his statement on his plans to quit politics after the upcoming Presidential Elections, saying the government will not need his assistant any more. The PM said he will move to the civil sector to invest his energy to develop it.
"I have made similar statements many times before. If you remember, in my very first letter I said that I would stay in politics from 2 to 3 years. I also explained that I was not, however, going to leave the country. I want to calm down the society and tell them that the fact that I am leaving politics does not mean that I am leaving the country and that I am running away from difficulties, from the responsibility and from my promises. I will quit politics when there is no need of me being in the government and when it is needed to get involved in more complicated processes such as developing the [civil] society," Ivanishvili said "government, its branches, Parliament, Court – all of these are part of the society. Experts, NGOs are also part of the society and by developing only one part of it we will not be enough to develop the whole country. That's why I would like to dedicate the rest of my life to developing the society. I would like to clarify it for the members of my team that no harm will be done by my decision to quit politics and there will be only benefits to it. However, if there will be questions and a threat that the government or the development of the country are threatened by my decision, I will, of course, not go anywhere. The situation will be absolutely different in Georgia after the Presidential Elections and the government will no more need my help. Developing and activating the society will be more needed. There [in civil sector] I will not spare my efforts. Leaving politics for me means moving from a simpler place to a more complicated one," the PM added.