Lady at the helm: what do we know about the new President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili

Salome Zurabishvili

Last week was the results of the second round of the presidential elections in Georgia, a landslide victory which was won by 66-year-old Salome Zurabishvili. While many political publications discussing what was the real reason for this choice of the Georgian people and predict, what consequences will lead a new appointment in the country, we decided to tell more about what life was like Salome before being elected to high office. The new material on SPLETNIK.RU you will learn about his childhood, family and first steps Zurabishvili in the political arena.

Family and origin

Salome Zurabishvili was born 18 Mar 1952 in France. Parents of Georgia’s new President were political emigrants, and in 1921 he left his homeland, he moved to Paris, where he received a higher education.

The father of salomé Zurabishvili Lebanon, after graduating from University, found work in an automobile factory, and his mother Zaynab was a housewife and all her time devoted to raising children.

Salome Zurabishvili

After the emigration of the parents of Salome tried by all means to keep their Georgian roots. For example, the girl’s father gathered around him the Georgian Diaspora, founded in Paris the Georgian Church, and officially became the Chairman of the Georgian society in France.

In the family of Lebanon and Zainab spoke only in Georgian language, making Salome and her brother Otar speak it perfectly. It is noteworthy that parents also told children about the history and literature of Georgia, to instill in them the love for the Motherland.

By the way, you know that the love for social activities, little Salome instilled in the father — his submission it was published in the Georgian language, translated the articles of the Georgian dissidents and even participated in demonstrations.


Since childhood Zurabishvili was interested in literature, history, journalism and international relations, so we can safely say that her fate was sealed from the beginning. In 1972 salomé graduated from the Paris Institute of political Sciences, and then received a second degree at Columbia University in the United States.


After graduation in 1974, salomé began to work in the foreign Ministry of France. It is noteworthy that at the interview at Zurabishvili asked why she wants to connect his life with diplomacy, to which she sincerely replied that he likes to travel around the world and one day dreams of becoming the Ambassador of France in Georgia.

Reply salomé representatives of the Ministry of foreign Affairs granted, but for a start, they sent her to Italy, where he was appointed third Secretary of the Embassy of France. Three years later, Zurabishvili was appointed to the headquarters of the United Nations in new York. In the 1980s she worked in Austria, USA and Chad. Career diplomat developed gradually and very successfully, and in 2003-m to year fulfilled a youthful dream of salomé — she became Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Georgia.

In 2004 year, the President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili appointed Zurabishvili, Minister of foreign Affairs of Georgia, stating that “diplomat of such class, Georgia has never been.”

In 2010, the year Salome withdrew from Georgian politics, went to France and focused on the job at the UN. And two years later began its gradual return to the political arena of Georgia, which eventually led to victory in the presidential election.

Personal life

Salome Zurabishvili was married twice. Her first husband was Gorjestan, Gugushvili, whom she had met in Rome when she was 22 years old. The couple had a son Teimuraz and daughter Ketevan. After a divorce with Salome Gugushvili children went to Africa, where he worked for three years in the diplomatic service.

Second husband Zurabishvili became famous Georgian philosopher and publicist, Genre Cascia, whom she called in one interview “the love of my life.” In 2012, he died at the age of 72 years.

Despite great pain, I’m still happy that I have lived with such a person

 she said after her husband’s death.

Salome Zurabishvili daughter

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