Saturday, November 3, 2012

Finance Minister: President Saakashvili's palace may become a hotel

03.11.2012 (HTN - Hvino Tour News). The Palace of Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili may become a hotel, said Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri. "The Avlabari residence may well be converted into a hotel, it's an interesting location with a good view, the historical center of Tbilisi," - said Khaduri, as quoted by Russian newspaper Vzgliad. The decision has been made already that this palace is no longer the seat of Saakashvili, - said Finance Minister of Georgia.

According Mr. Khaduri, it is "absolutely possible" to pass other presidential residences to investors as well. "Then the assignment of these residences will change," - he said the TV channel Maestro.  He said that it will not interfere with the work of  Georgia's leader.

Last Friday, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili told a government session that Saakashvili's egg-shaped palace in the Georgian capital costs "too much." He said it was "immoral" for Saakashvili to live in luxury while tens of thousands of refugees from separatist Georgian provinces live in poverty. Saakashvili  declined the proposal to continue work in the building of  State Chancellery.

Bidzina Ivanishvili's coalition won Georgia's Oct. 1 parliamentary election, defeating Saakashvili's party. When Saakashvili's second and final term ends in October 2013, a constitutional reform will transfer many of the president's current powers to the prime minister.

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