Bakhtadze assumed office last year as a nominee of the ruling Georgian Dream party. The party has not named his successor yet, but the Georgian opposition is concerned about the possible nomination of the country's interior minister who has been criticized for his handling of violent protests in the capital Tbilisi in June.
Georgia's prime minister resigns
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The prime minister of Georgia says he is stepping down as he says his mission is complete. Mamuka Bakhtadze announced his resignation in a statement on Monday, saying that his mission for the job is "complete at this stage." Bakhtadze said he would give details at a news conference later in the day.