Nino Burjanadze

Nino Burjanadze
ნინო ბურჯანაძე
President of Georgia
In office
25 November 2007 – 20 January 2008
Prime MinisterLado Gurgenidze
Preceded byMikheil Saakashvili
Succeeded byMikheil Saakashvili
In office
23 November 2003 – 25 January 2004
Prime MinisterAvtandil Jorbenadze
Zurab Zhvania
Preceded byEduard Shevardnadze
Succeeded byMikheil Saakashvili
Speaker of the Parliament
In office
9 November 2001 – 7 June 2008
Preceded byZurab Zhvania
Succeeded byDavit Bakradze
Personal details
Born (1964-07-16) 16 July 1964 (age 54)
Kutaisi, Soviet Union
(now Georgia)
Political partyUnion of Citizens of Georgia (Before 2002)
Burjanadze-Democrats (2002–2003)
United National Movement (2003–2008)
Democratic Movement-United Georgia (2008–present)
Spouse(s)Badri Bitsadze
Alma materTbilisi State University
Moscow State University

Nino Burjanadze (Georgian: ნინო ბურჯანაძე [ninɔ burd͡ʒɑnɑd͡zɛ], also romanized Burdzhanadze or Burdjanadze, born 16 July 1964) is a Georgian politician and lawyer who served as Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia from November 2001 to June 2008. As the first woman she has served as the acting head of state of Georgia twice; the first time from 23 November 2003 to 25 January 2004 in the wake of Eduard Shevardnadze's resignation during the Rose Revolution, and again from 25 November 2007 to 20 January 2008, when Mikheil Saakashvili stepped down to rerun in the early presidential elections. She withdrew into opposition to Saakashvili as the leader of the Democratic Movement-United Georgia party in 2008. In October 2013, she ran for president in the October 2013 election. She ran against 22 candidates and ended third with 10 percent of the vote.[1]

Early life and career

Nino Burjanadze was born in Kutaisi, then-Soviet Georgia. She graduated in 1986 from the Faculty of Law of the Tbilisi State University (TSU) and afterwards pursued education at the Moscow State University from which she graduated with a doctorate in International Law in 1990. In 1991, she became a docent (Associate Professor) of the Faculty of International Law at the Tbilisi State University. At the same time, she worked as an expert-consultant in international law for the Parliament of Georgia and the Ministry for Environment Protection and Natural Resources.

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