President of Georgia
The president of Georgia (Georgian: საქართველოს პრეზიდენტი, romanized: sakartvelos p'rezident'i) is the ceremonial head of state of Georgia as well as the commander-in-chief of the Defense Forces. The constitution defines the presidential office as "the guarantor of the country’s unity and national independence."
|President of Georgia|
|Appointer||Direct popular vote (from 1991 to 2018)|
Electoral College (from 2024 onward)
|Term length||Six years (from 2018 to 2024 only)|
Five years (1991 to 2004, 2008 to 2018 and from 2024 onwards)
Four years (2004 to 2008); renewable once
|Constituting instrument||Constitution of Georgia|
|Inaugural holder||Zviad Gamsakhurdia|
|Formation||14 April 1991|
|Salary||13,000 GEL per month|
The president is largely a figurehead as in many parliamentary democracies. Executive power is vested in the Government and the Prime Minister. The office was first introduced by the Supreme Council of the Republic of Georgia on 14 April 1991, five days after Georgia's declaration of independence from the Soviet Union. The president serves a five-year term.