About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 20:19 - 27 May.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Gigi Ugulava
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 1 May.'10 / 17:22

Gigi Ugulava. Photo: Ugulava's campaign website

Gigi Ugulava is Tbilisi’s incumbent mayor and one of the influential figures within the President Saakashvili’s administration.

He was nominated for re-election by the ruling party.

Ugulava, 34, is the mayor of the capital city since July, 2005, when he was appointed on the post by President Saakashvili. After the October 2006 local elections, Ugulava was elected on the mayor’s position by the Tbilisi City Council.

Before becoming the mayor, in a period between December, 2003- July, 2005 he served on various senior government positions, including Deputy Justice Minister; Deputy Security Minister; Governor of Samegrelo region and chief of President’s administration.

Before joining the government after the Rose Revolution, Ugulava, a graduate of Tbilisi State University’s philosophy and sociology studies, worked for various civil society organizations and practiced journalism for couple of years.  

It was Ugulava who was the first to signal about the authorities’ readiness to introduce direct election of Tbilisi mayor. He made the announcement on April 4, few days before the opposition’s planned street protest rally. The proposal was confirmed on April 10 by President Saakashvili and in July, 2009 he offered to hold early local elections on May 30 instead of late 2010, including direct election of Tbilisi mayor.

In following months, Ugulava has kept relatively low political profile - shunning away from making public political statements, but instead has been active in creating an image of an effective executive.

Ugulava launched his formal campaign for re-election on April 26 with slogan: “A Lot Remains to Be Done”; the focus of his campaign is resolving unemployment problem. 

During the first couple of days of his formal campaign he put himself in the position of working class by appearing one day as a baker in one of the bakeries in Tbilisi suburb, then as a cleaner in a movie theater in downtown Tbilisi cleaning windows there; a butcher and seller of a meat in a market and also as a worker at a fuel station. He said he would better understand needs and problems of small enterprises by putting himself in their shoes.

Latest News
27 May.'17 20:19
Movement for Liberty – European Georgia Holds Party Congress
It elected Gigi Ugulava as general secretary, named Elene Khoshtaria as Tbilisi mayoral candidate.
26 May.'17 15:08
Georgia Marks Independence Day
Georgian President, PM and Defense Minister made speeches at the ceremony.
25 May.'17 19:41
Turkish Citizen Sent to Pre-Extradition Detention over Alleged Links to Terrorist Organization
Manager of Private Demirel College has been charged with alleged links to terrorist organization. 
25 May.'17 18:04
U.S. State Department Delegation Holds Meetings in Georgia
The U.S. delegation led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bridget Brink met with officials, opposition.
25 May.'17 14:46
PM: Holding NATO PA Session in Tbilisi ‘Extremely Important’
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly Spring Session will be held in Tbilisi on May 26-29.
25 May.'17 11:43
European Parliament Delegation Visits Georgia
Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs held talks with President, FM.
24 May.'17 04:42
Controversy over Moscow’s New Sokhumi-based Law Enforcement Center Continues
The “Information-Coordination Center of Internal Affairs Agencies” stirred public debate in Abkhazia.
24 May.'17 02:59
Kremlin Appoints New Envoy to Tskhinvali
Maj.Gen. Marat Kulakhmetov served as the commander of Russia’s peacekeeping forces in Tskhinvali Region.
24 May.'17 01:58
Turkish PM Meets Georgian Officials in Tbilisi
Georgian, Turkish ministers held the second High Level Strategic Cooperation Council.
23 May.'17 23:14
Georgia Hosts Trilateral Defense Ministerial
Georgian, Azerbaijani, Turkish ministers discuss cooperation, security measures for regional projects.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
51