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."[3]

President of Georgia
საქართველოს პრეზიდენტი
Incumbent
Salome Zourabichvili

since 16 December 2018
ResidenceOrbeliani Palace
AppointerDirect popular vote (from 1991 to 2018)
Electoral College (from 2024 onward)
Term lengthSix 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 instrumentConstitution of Georgia
Inaugural holderZviad Gamsakhurdia
Formation14 April 1991
(30 years ago)
 (1991-04-14)
Salary13,000 GEL per month[1][2]
WebsiteOfficial website

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.[4] The president serves a five-year term.

The current president is Salome Zourabichvili. Because of Georgia's transition to a fully parliamentary system she is the last president to be elected directly by the citizens.