Interior Minister Appointed as National Security Council Secretary

On February 19, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia appointed Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri to simultaneously serve as the Secretary of the National Security Council (NSC).

NSC is an eight-member advisory body chaired by the Prime Minister. The rest of the permanent members include: defense, interior, foreign and finance ministers, heads of state security and intelligence services, and chief of the armed forces. The role of its Secretary should be assumed by one of the permanent members.

The post became vacant in late January after Levan Izoria, who also served as the the Secretary, quit the position of the Chief of Intelligence, reportedly to become next Georgian Ambassador to Germany.

Gomelauri, who previously served as the Head of State Security Service, became Interior Minister last September, when Parliament of Georgia confirmed Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia’s new government.

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