Georgian Government Survives Confidence Vote in Parliament

Georgia's government won a confidence vote in parliament on Friday, called after Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili was forced to reshuffle his cabinet following a series of resignations over the past year. President Georgy Margvelashvili, who has warned that Russia poses a threat to regional security, complained last week about too frequent changes of defense ministers. His Georgian Dream coalition's credibility has been dented by squabbling over the pace of economic reforms, worsening crime and a battle against corruption, as well as by economic problems including a rising current account deficit and falling exports and remittances, aggravated by Russia's economic downturn.