The Georgian parliament on Sunday approved a new government led by Russian-educated former interior minister Giorgi Gakharia in a move slammed by the opposition which has called for him to resign over a crackdown on anti-Russian protesters.

Gakharia succeeds Mamuka Bakhtadze who stepped down as Prime Minister earlier this month after little more than a year, saying he had accomplished what he set out to do.

The popularity of Giorgi Gakharia’s ruling Georgian Dream party has sagged since the brutal dispersal of an anti-Kremlin protest in Tbilisi in June.

Gakharia, 44, a Moscow State University graduate, served as an economy minister for a year before becoming an interior minister and vice premier in November 2017.

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