Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia resigned today amidst disagreement between Georgian officials on the detention of a political prisoner.
Gakharia, Prime Minister since 2019, decided to leave his position after a court ruling on Wednesday ordered the imprisonment of opposition leader Nika Melia.
Melia was arrested after failing to post bail on charges from political protests in 2019 which sought to change the countries electoral system.
Gakharia said the imprisonment of Melia was “unacceptable” and made comments to Georgian media outlets that he hoped his resignation would lower political tensions.
The interior ministry of Georgia said that the imprisonment of Melia would be postponed due to the Gakharia’s resignation.
Melia has called for Georgia to hold early elections, with US diplomats urging Georgian officials to maintain a peaceful transfer of power.
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