Giorgi Arsenishvili

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Giorgi Arsenishvili (გიორგი არსენიშვილი)
State Minister of Georgia
In office
11 May 2000 – 21 December 2001
President Eduard Shevardnadze
Preceded by Vazha Lortkipanidze
Succeeded by Avtandil Jorbenadze
Personal details
Born 5 January 1942
Khirsa, Sighnaghi District, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Died 17 November 2010 (aged 68)
Political party Union of Citizens of Georgia
Alma mater Tbilisi State University
Heidelberg University

Giorgi "Gia" Arsenishvili (Georgian: გიორგი [გია] არსენიშვილი) (January 5, 1942 – November 17, 2010) was a Georgian mathematician and politician, who, from 2000 to 2001,[1] served as the State Minister of Georgia, at that time equivalent to the head of the government.


Born in the village of Khirsa, then-Soviet Georgia, and a mathematician by education, Arsenishvili has held a high academic position at the Tbilisi State University, his alma mater, where he chaired the Department of Cybernetics and Applied Mathematics for several years. He entered Georgia's politics as President Eduard Shevardnadze's envoy in Arsenishvili's home region of Kakheti in 1995. After the re-election of Shevardnadze on April 9, 2000, and the resignation, in accordance with the Constitution of Georgia, of the cabinet of Vazha Lortkipanidze, Arsenishvili was appointed Minister of State and Head of the State Chancellery of Georgia in May 2000. His appointment was widely regarded as a compromise between Lortkipanidze and the chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Zurab Zhvania.[2]

From 2001 to 2004, Arsenishvili served as ambassador of Georgia to Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Arsenishvili was a member of the supervisory board of the United Telecom of Georgia, the largest Georgian fixed-line telecom operator, from 2004 to 2006 and a member of the supervisory board of the Georgian Railways from 2006 to 2007. In 2008 he was elected to the Parliament of Georgia on a United National Movement ticket from a single-mandate constituency of Telavi.[3] He chaired the Parliamentary Committee for Human Rights until his death of myocardial infarction in November 2010.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Leaders of Georgia". Archived from the original on 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  2. ^ Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia (2001), 1st ed., p. 589. The Europa Regional surveys of the World. Routledge, ISBN 1-85743-091-3.
  3. ^ "Giorgi Arsenishvili". Parliament of Georgia. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  4. ^ "Lasha Tordia to be appointed as Chairman of Human Rights Committee". 1TV. Retrieved 2011-09-06. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Senior Ruling Party MP Dies. Civil Georgia. 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2012-01-19.

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